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Left to Right: Hailee Calix, Olivia Carson, Colleen Jeffers, Isabelle McCann, & Emily Boyington of Brownie Troop 69123 sing Christmas Carols on the Rowley Common last week.

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by stewart Lytle, reporter ––––––––––––––––– AMESBURY – As Ken Gray was preparing to run for mayor, he asked prominent real estate broker Bill Faulkner what was keeping the city, once a prime manufacturing center, from attracting more commercial and industrial businesses. Faulkner gave him two reasons – the national economic recession and the proximity of nearby New Hampshire with no sales tax. Faulkner suggested that Amesbury should court developers of a new hotel. New Hampshire does not have a competitive advantage over Massachusetts in Continued on page 3

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A Not So Normal Christmas NEWBURY – It's Addams Family Meets Santa Claus. In prolific local playwright and director Stacey April Fix's latest play, A Not So Normal Christmas, juxtaposes two contrasting themes – the odd, eccentric family that does not know about Christmas with two children who are excited about the arrival of Santa Claus and the holiday season. The annual holiday play with music is performed this holiday season at the Newbury Elementary School theater by 68 elementary-age students, plus one kindergartner, and two adult teachers. The play opens this week at 7 p.m. on Dec. 11, 12 and 13, and 1 p.m. on Dec. 14. The price if $10 for general admission tickets, $15 for reserved seats and $25 for front

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row tickets that allocates a portion So Normal Christmas, visit decorations or presents. Carolers of the ticket price for future are greeted by a perplexed scholarships. In the Brown family households, household, who wonder why To buy tickets for A Not there is no sign of Christmas, no Continued on page 3

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Amesbury DPW Winter Reminders As we begin another winter season the Director of Public Works would like to remind Amesbury residents and business owners how we can all help to provide safe streets and sidewalks. Please have recreational items, trash cans, basketball hoops and other items properly stored and out of the way of DPW’s clean-up operations. Do not put barrels and recycling carts in the street. Place them on the edge of the sidewalk or dig out a place in the snow to place your barrels. Remove barrels and carts as soon as possible, especially the downtown area so that pedestrians can use the sidewalks safely. Please use BLACK plastic bags for trash as the white bags are not easily seen in the snow. The practice of plowing and/or placing snow onto a public way impedes DPW’s efforts and creates certain safety concerns for motorists and pedestrians. In addition Article 17, §400-5 of the City Ordinances reads: “No person shall push, dump, plow or unload snow from private property into or onto any public way in the town nor shall any person, directly or indirectly, cause or permit his premises, or any party thereof to be cleared of snow upon a public or other way used for travel within the town.” Also, “The tenant or occupant and, in case there shall be no tenant or occupant, the owner or any person having the care of any building or lot of land bordering on any street, lane, court, square, or public place within the City, where there is a sidewalk, shall cause all snow that may be on such sidewalk to be removed therefrom within 24 hours after the snow ceases to fall. The provisions of this subsection shall apply to snow which falls from buildings as well as to that which falls from the clouds.” Seniors and disabled residents who need assistance shoveling snow can call Council on Aging at 978-388-8138. Winter Parking Ban effective December 1, 2014 through April 1, 2015. Residents living within the CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT may obtain a parking permit at the Clerk’s Office in City Hall, 62 Friend Street. The permit allows vehicle owners to park in designated sections. Go to or call the Police Department at 978-388-1217 for more information on parking bans. Please help us in our efforts to provide safe and efficient snow removal efforts to our community.

Annual Award Honors Local Citizens committed to eliminating racism and celebrating diversity The YWCA Greater Prejudice Action Coalition Newburyport is reaching out to (CAPAC), a subcommittee of the the community for nominees for YWCA Greater Newburyport. this year’s annual Nancy E. Peace CAPAC established the Nancy Award. The award is given each E. Peace award to acknowledge year at the Martin Luther King Jr. valuable contributions to Event to recognize someone in our eliminating racism, fighting community who has demonstrated prejudice and celebrating (through volunteer or professional diversity in our community. The activities) a clear commitment award recognizes an individual or to eliminating racism, fighting individuals who have continued prejudice, and celebrating this work in our community. We diversity in our community. welcome nominations for any adult Please share this information with or youth who live and/ or work in co-workers, friends, and any other the YWCA Greater Newburyport organizations you may be affiliated service area which includes the with in the Greater Newburyport communities of Newburyport, ECYCLE HIS EWSPAPER community who may know of Amesbury, Georgetown, Ipswich, someone outstanding they would Rowley, Salisbury, West Newbury like to nominate. Nomination and seacoast N.H. HARE THE About IFT the OF YWCA EADING forms can be found on-line at Greater Newburyport: For over 130 years If you would like hard copies the YWCA Greater Newburyport of nomination forms to distribute has been a constant, valuable at your workplace please contact community resource dedicated Ellie Davis (phone & email above). to transforming the lives of The deadline for nominations is women and their families. At December 12, 2014. the local level, its programs What: include affordable housing, 2015 Nancy E. Peace Award childcare, youth leadership, teen When: racial justice groups, financial Nomination Deadline literacy seminars, and health and December 12, 2014 wellness programming. Globally Award to be presented at MLK the YWCA is the oldest and Event, Friday evening January 16, largest multicultural women's 2015 organization in the world with 25 The first annual MLK Jr. million members in 122 countries Breakfast was held in 1994 and with the mission to eliminate was sponsored by Citizens Against racism and empower women.


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the hotel business because it too has occupancy taxes. And the region is under-served by hotels. A new hotel was not a new idea. Amesbury, along with Newburyport, has been trying to get a new hotel built for decades. And building a hotel was floated four years ago for a site on Elm Street behind the Sunoco gas station in the area known as the Golden Triangle, bracketed by Interstates 95 and 495 and Route 110. But the developer backed out because the cost of developing the land was too high. When Gray was elected mayor almost a year ago, one of the first things on his agenda was to task Community Development Director Bill Scott to create a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) plan. The TIF plan, approved by the City Council earlier this year, is a financial tool that gives the city a competitive advantage in attracting businesses and investment and creating jobs. The TIF can reduce local taxes on the value of the new development over a 10-year period. With the TIF in place, Archgrove Hospitality, which had been looking at the site for years, decided to move ahead and negotiate the purchase of the property at 284 Elm St. to build a proposed $10.5 million, 93-room hotel. Gray, who is waiting on the

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state's approval of the city's use of the TIF plan, believes Archgrove Hospitality will operate the hotel as a Hampton Inn, bringing in more visitors to will dine at local restaurants. The city would realize more than $656,000 in tax revenues over the 10-year period as opposed to $113,000 in taxes from the same property without the hotel. Archgrove, which operates eight hotels in New England, would pay 75 percent less tax in the first five years and 35 percent less over the next five years. Even with the reduction, the city would net four times as much revenue in the first five years than it currently gets and more than eight times in the last five years. At the end of the 10-year period the property taxes for the hotel would jump to $145,000 a year. Attracting the hotel is a major step toward Gray's goal of diversifying the city's economy to ease the burden of property taxes on local residents, his primary campaign promise which got him elected by a handful of votes. While another nail-biting vote count for state representative was going on downstairs at City Hall, Gray talked to The Town Common in his office about the challenges of lowering Amesbury's tax rate, which has been among the top 10 highest in the state for the past few years. “It has not been easy,” Gray

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that the holiday season is another rerun, come see A Not So Normal Christmas for something unique and different.” Fix, who escaped Broadway to teach children theater arts on the North Shore, thinks this production is her 32nd play. She knows she has written and directed at least 30 plays. She originally wrote A Not So Normal Christmas six years ago and is bringing it back again because the cast of students this year fit the play with a few adaptations. Elementary students from throughout the region may join the cast, Fix said. It is not limited to Newbury, although the rehearsals and performances are in the school's theater, which is rented by Theater Workshop Arts. The cost is $350 per child for more than 100 hours of rehearsals and performances. “That means it costs parents about $3.50 an hour,” Fix said. In addition to the 68 students, 15 Triton middle and high school students serve as interns for the

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people are singing on their front steps. The family, which has taken in two recently orphaned children, agrees to go through the Christmas rituals only to make them feel more comfortable in their new home. The Brown family, like the Addams Family, is wonderfully strange. In this house, a bear rug, clock, statutes and a portrait over the fireplace talk, move and interact with the humans. There is a screaming mimi, who does just that – screams frequently. When told about Santa's arrival on Christmas eve, one member of the Brown household sums up the family's perspective, “A fat, bearded man coming down the chimney. Stories like that could give a child nightmares.” A Not So Normal Christmas is a story, told with humor, music and dance numbers, that will brighten the holiday season for even the most Scrooge-like person. “I really like this play because of the message,” Fix said. “If you feel


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Receptionist - Work 8-12 or 12-4 on our reception desk answering the phone and directing the calls. Scheduling Van rides to appointments, etc., signing up those wanting to attend a Health program or class. We use a specifi c computer program & for theFitness Council on Aging so learning that program is what is required. -----------------------------------------------------------BLOOD DRIVE - The American Red Cross encourages eligible blood donors to give one last gift this holiday season and discover the true meaning of giving by donating blood. Busy holiday schedules and seasonal illnesses, like the flu, can often mean fewer donors giving blood. But for patients with cancer or other illnesses or injuries requiring blood transfusions, the need for blood is constant and doesn’t get a holiday break. The gift of a blood donation only takes about an hour and can give patients a chance to celebrate more holidays to come. To encourage donations and show appreciation, all those who attempt to donate blood Dec. 24 through Jan. 4, 2015, will receive a long-sleeve Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last. Eligible donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with type O negative, A negative or B negative. To learn more about donating blood and to schedule an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). -----------------------------------------------------------BYFIELD - The food pantry at the Community United Methodist Church in Byfield is open to area residents every Friday from 1-3pm (please note time change) The pantry is located at the church, 11 Central Street, Byfield. -----------------------------------------------------------GEORGETOWN - Holiday in Georgetown Saturday December 13th 10 – 5. Activities all around town! 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December 10 - 16, 014 SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14th WINTER BIRDING AT PARKER RIVER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE Take some quiet time before that holiday frenzy begins and join Sue for a birding program focused on the importance of the Refuge during winter. Plum Island is one of the finest birding destinations in winter. We'll explore, looking for winter finches, sea ducks, wintering loons and grebes, and with some luck, we'll see some owls. Sunday, December 14th from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Meeting Location: Hellcat Parking Lot on Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Fee: $20. BEHIND THE SCENES REFUGE TOUR Held on the following days: Saturday, Dec. 13th @ 9:30 am; Sunday, Dec. 14th @1:00 pm; Saturday, Dec. 20th @9:30 am; Sunday, Dec. 21st @1:00 pm; Saturday, Dec. 27th @ 9:30 am; and Sunday, Dec. 28th @1:00 pm - Join a refuge ranger for a behind the scenes tour of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. Tour will be conducted via refuge van, with several brief “drive by” stops along the way. The tour will present an “up close and personal” look at the refuge through the multiple lenses of the cultural history of Plum Island and the Great Marsh, native wildlife and their habitats, and the role of refuge management in the conservation of these precious natural resources. Participants may be driven along areas on the refuge otherwise closed to the public. This guided two hour program is most appropriate for older teens and adults. Binoculars and/or a camera are recommended, but not required. Meet the ranger in the lobby of the Refuge visitor center 15 minutes prior to the program start time. Each session is limited to 14 participants; no more than 4 individuals per sign-up. Again, this is a vehicle – based tour, with limited stops on the Refuge. Advance registration is required for this program, as enrollment is limited. Be advised that individual tours may be subject to cancellation. *Please note: Those who call and leave messages after hours, your registration is not confirmed until you receive a confirmation call from a Refuge staff member. Please call (978) 465-5753 to register for this program. CATCH A FAMILY FILM AT THE REFUGE ON SUNDAY AFTERNOONS THIS WINTER! Beginning in December, and continuing through the winter months, a series of free, family movies with environmental themes will be projected on the “big screen” at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge visitor center in Newburyport on select Sunday afternoons. Why not spend a few hours on a cold winter afternoon enjoying a great family-friendly film with an environmental theme!? To kick the series off, Happy Feet will be screened on Sunday, December 14th, beginning at 1:30 pm. As described in Smithsonian Magazine, “the main message of Happy Feet, a 2006 Disney feature film, is that it’s okay to be different, but environmental themes work their way in as well. The film focuses on a young penguin, Mumble, with a talent for tap dancing—something none of the other penguins can do. It follows his adventures and quest for acceptance throughout the plot, but the environmental aspect shows up when Mumble is blamed for the scarcity of fish in the ocean, a nod to overfishing. In addition, one of Mumble’s friends wears a set of plastic sixpack rings around his neck like jewelry, only to later be choked by the piece of trash. Happy Feet is an example of the environment showing up in movies that are not directly about the environment.” Admission to the movie is FREE and preregistration is NOT required. Space is limited to the first 75 attendees who show up! To further “sweeten the deal,” the Friends of Parker River NWR will be on hand to provision popcorn and bottled water. Future film offerings will be announced through the refuge web page: refuge/parker_river/. WINTER CONCERT The Newburyport Choral Society and orchestra under the direction of Dr. George Case will present their annual winter concert on Saturday, December 13 at 8 pm and Sunday, December 14 at 2:30 pm at the Belleville Congregational Church, 300 High Street, Newburyport. Featured will be the Molin School Children's Chorus under the direction of Gina McKeown. Advance tickets are $20 and $22. All tickets at the door will be $25. For further information and to purchase tickets on line, please visit our website at www.

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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 GREAT BAY NATIONAL at the Rowley Library, 141 Main WILDLIFE REFUGE St., from 5:30-7 pm. Sponsored BEHIND THE SCENES by the Friends of the Library, cost TOUR! for students is $12 or $10 for Wednesday, Dec. 17th @ 9:00 Friends members. Call 978-948am – Noon - Join a refuge ranger 2850 for more information. for a behind the scenes tour of

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-----------------------------------------------------------ROWLEY - Our Times, the Rowley Senior's Newsletter is printed each month and sent to all the seniors in Rowley. If you know a senior in Rowley who is not receiving our letter, please ask them to call us at 948-7637 and submit their name and address. You can also view the newsletter online at: www. -----------------------------------------------------------ROWLEY - Rowley Library Collecting for Rowley Food Pantry - Donate non-perishable food items, cleaning supplies and paper goods, or personal hygiene products for the Rowley Food Pantry in the basket in the Library lobby. The Rowley Food Pantry is open on Tuesday mornings from 10 am to noon and Thursday evenings from 6 - 7:30 in the parsonage of the Baptist Church at 153 Main St. All Rowley Timothy’s residents are welcome. Rt 1, North Danvers -----------------------------------------------------------Saturday, ROWLEY - Fellowship Thrift Shop located in lower hall of First Congregational Church of Rowley, 175 December 13th Main St. (Rte 1A), Rowley is open on Tuesdays and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and also Thursdays 3 - 7 p.m., weather permitting. We have clothing of all sizes, household goods and some special items - all Rockin’ Dance Party at reasonable prices. We even have occasional sales! We are happy to accept donations of gently used clothing and household items, but only when the shop is open. NO electronics, books or household items, please. -----------------------------------------------------------SALISBURY - Friendly Visitors through the Salisbury Senior Center - If you are homebound or know someone who is and would like some company, we have registered volunteers - Friendly visitors who will visit you on a weekly basis – spend time with you, talking, reading playing cards, whatever you like to do. We do not want any of our seniors to become isolated, we also have telephone reassurance volunteers who will call you a few times each week to check on you and chat with you. If you are interested in having a friendly visitor or telephone reassurer please call us and let us know. 978-462-2412 -----------------------------------------------------------SALISBURY - The Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society (MRFRS) is recruiting volunteers to assist with cat care at its 63 Elm Street Salisbury shelter. Help is needed seven days a week, with morning shifts running from 8:00am to 10:00am, and afternoon shifts from 3:30 to 5:00pm. Most volunteers commit to one shift per week. “We have lots of kitties this time of year and we rely on our wonderful volunteers to help feed them and keep the shelter up and running,” said MRFRS Executive Director Bill Piercey. “We couldn’t do it without our volunteers, and we are looking for more help from all ages and walks of life.” Those interested in volunteering can fill out a questionnaire at or come in to the shelter during open hours (Tues/Weds/Fri/Sat 11-4, Thurs 4-7). Candidates will then be invited to an orientation where they can learn more about available opportunities. -----------------------------------------------------------WEST NEWBURY - Laurel Grange #161 of West Newbury is looking for junior members ages 5-14. If you know of a child who would like to join the grange and participate in contests, meet new friends, and become a part of the community then please contact jackie carter at 978-352-2986 or email me at -----------------------------------------------------------The WOMEN'S FLOOR HOCKEY - Dirt the Skirt Sports is seeking women 27 andNorth over forShore’s its 2015Largest Independent Community season of floor hockey at the Boys and Girls Club in Haverhill. For more information and to register, Shore’s CommunityGames Newspaper please visitLargest us on ourIndependent website at are played on Sundays. Season begins on January 4, 2015. Women of all experience levels, ages 27 and over are welcome!

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Th at said, that abominable I have a brother who makes it his TYPE may COINS have trouble reaching me. AVG. CIR. AU mission to get a bigger tree1/2¢........................... every My cell phone$100.00 has been acting $55.00 1¢.......................... 16.00 no, 100.00 year. Because we have hadLg.many up recently… really… it has Fly. E 1¢...................... 125.00 decades together, and based on been… 18.00 Cop. Nic. 1¢.............. 7.00 40.00 2¢ Piece.................... 12.00 60.00 the fact that his wife and children Broker/Realtor Janet Hilton Would like to thank the hundreds of people 3¢ Silver I.................. 20.00 115.00 could barely enter the room last is a former practicing attorney 3¢ Nic....................... 12.00 45.00 that have patronized my store this past year. year, his living room walls and and critical RN who with Shield 5¢.................... 20.00 care80.00 Liberty 5¢................. .50 35.00 ceiling will have to be removed her husband retired Lynn Fire • • 978-948-8696 Bust 1/2 10¢.............. 40.00 175.00 this year. As I write, he isSt.in1/2the Lieutenant 10¢................. 11.00George 55.00Hilton owns Bust. 10¢................... 23.00 Country 275.00 process of accomplishing the and operates Crossroads St. 10¢........................ 10.00 50.00 Please stop by for a free magnet calendar “2015” engineering marvel necessary to Realty Associates. For Bar. 10¢..................... 2.00 40.00expert advice 20¢ Piece.................. 85.00 275.00 achieve this year’s “Rockefeller and services in1500.00 the buying and Old Coins Wanted Bust 25¢ Lg.............. 75.00 Center” goal. Please keep selling of75.00 North 550.00 Shore real estate, Bust this 25¢ Sm............. Pratt Hobby Shop • 20 East Main St. • Georgetown, MA. Seated 25¢................ 16.00 100.00 insanity in my family and not call 781-405-4867 or visit www. Bar. 25¢..................... 5.00 135.00 • 800-870-4086 • 978-352-2234 yours when the goal is to Stand. sell the L. 25¢ I........... 18.00 130.00 Stand. L. 25¢ II......... 5.00 55.00 home. Passageways must abe kept Bust 50¢.................... 50.00 250.00 free and easy to maneuver Seated so that 50¢................ 30.00 135.00 50¢..................... 10.00 275.00 your Realtor need not bringBar. along Seated $1.................. 200.00 650.00 a buzz saw to show the property. Trade $1................... 100.00 230.00 4. “Is it best to wait till the STERLING SILVER Holidays are over or until spring to Mint ............ 16.00 oz. Private put my house on the market? ESTES That Rockets & Supplies, 4 Lions Way, Salisbury 6 room, 3 bed, 1f 0h bath Colonial 13 $180,000 $180,000 $180,000 depends. If your goal is to sellPlastic your& Wood Models / Supplies home for the most moneyAutos, in theTrucks,93Planes, Cable Ships Ave, Salisbury 48 $250,000 $240,000 $250,000 & more Beach 7 room, 3 bed, 1f 0h bath Cottage shortest period of time, the answer PineCars & Derby 8 Glenn Rd,Supplies Merrimac 6 room, 2 bed, 2f 0h bath Ranch 89 $279,900 $260,000 $289,900 is to list it now. The buyers are X-Acto Sets, Paints & More 207 Main St, Boxford 7 room, 2 bed, 1f 0h bath Cottage 33 $300,000 $315,000 $300,000 buying now. The rates, although METAL still low historically, have increased 5 Anderson Ln, Newburyport 7 room, 5 bed, 2f 0h bath Colonial 24 $340,000 $340,000 $340,000 DETECTORS steadily over the past few weeks as 26 Georgetown, Long Hill Rd, Rowley 7 room, 3 bed, 2f 0h bath Cape 49 $334,900 $335,000 $349,900 of this writing. Generally20higher E Main St, MA P: 978-948-8696 • F: 978-948-2564 rates mean less borrowingMon-Fri power 8:30a-6p, 10a-5p 60 Locust Sat St, Salisbury 6 room, 3 bed, 1f 1h bath Colonial 56 $355,000 $345,000 $355,000 for a consumer to buy your home. Phone 978-352-2234 253 Forest St, Hamilton 6 room, 3 bed, 1h bath Colonial 41 $369,900 $380,000 $369,900 The other critical component is that home prices have stopped 36 Bare Hill Rd, Boxford 8 room, 3 bed, 1f 2h bath Gambrel /Dutch 24 $389,900 $401,000 $389,900 increasing despite the rhetoric 698 Salem St, Groveland 8 room, 4 bed, 1f 1h bath Colonial 389 $299,000 $280,000 $399,000 that occurs during political 1 Lufkin St, Essex 6 room, 3 bed, 2f 1h bath Colonial 44 $389,900 $383,000 $399,900 campaigns. Waiting with the hope of “getting more” for your home 26 Topsfield Rd, Ipswich 9 room, 4 bed, 3f 0h bath Gambrel /Dutch 67 $469,000 $457,500 $469,000 in the near future is unrealistic 21 County Rd, Essex 8 room, 3 bed, 2f 0h bath Other 181 $470,000 $460,000 $486,500 according to every reliable survey in our industry. Know that having 4 Orchard Ln, Wenham 7 room, 3 bed, 2f 0h bath Contemporary 42 $499,900 $500,000 $499,900 your home on the market can be 5 Landau Ln, Merrimac 9 room, 4 bed, 2f 1h bath Colonial 67 $549,000 $549,000 $549,000 stressful for you and it requires work to keep it in good showing 18 Woodwell Cir, Amesbury 8 room, 4 bed, 2f 1h bath Colonial 236 $499,900 $499,900 $549,900 condition. Minimizing stress 84 Perkins Row, Topsfield 8 room, 3 bed, 2f 1h bath Colonial 86 $539,000 $508,000 $550,000 during the holidays may meet your 243 Cutler Rd, Hamilton 10 room, 3 bed, 2f 1h bath Cape 277 $560,000 $525,000 $649,000 needs more so than optimizing the chance for sale during this period. 16 Virginia Ln, Newburyport 10 room, 4 bed, 2f 1h bath Colonial 115 $699,900 $675,000 $790,000 As for waiting until spring, know Single Family Listings: 19 Avg. Liv.Area SqFt: 2,194.95 Avg. List$: $409,221 Avg. List$/SqFt: $194 that the fall and spring markets have been described as “more Avg. DOM: 99.00 Avg. DTO: 73.00 Avg. Sale$: $401,758 Avg. Sale$/SqFt: $191 active” in the past, but the market 2014 MLS Property Information Network, Inc. changes of the past few years have affected all trends to the point where an age old home selling rule Sponsored by the THORNTON LAW OFFICE – Salem, MA emerges; “It only takes one buyer.” Representing buyers, sellers and lenders in Essex County since 2000 If that one buyer does not see your Also offering Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, probate representation and home while you are “waiting to put it on”, he will buy another land use advice. Before you buy or sell, get the advice you need to know your rights. property on Christmas Eve or in Chris J. Thornton, Esq. Phone: 978.910.0130/ the middle of a January blizzard.


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The real estate myth that “no one buys a home during the Holidays” is debunked every time another property is sold between turkey dinners and gift wrapping. These past weeks have been exceptionally busy at the office and based on the most frequent questions sellers and buyers ask, I offer Santa’s list of “do’s and don’ts”. 1. “What’s that smell?” Homes have aromas. Some are fresh and new. Some are old and stale. Some harbor animal or smoke odors. Some still have the fish dinner from last night hovering when a buyer is due to visit. There are steps a homeowner can take to clean the air but one must not draw attention to the remedy. If the home is vacant or needs freshening for other reasons, open windows and doors to air the home. During the colder months be sure to time such “airing” so that the home is warm and inviting in time to be shown. Use air fresheners sparingly and be careful when spraying over solid floors to avoid causing slippage. If you use aromatic candles, extinguish them at least twenty minutes before the showing and PUT THEM AWAY. Many buyers understandably assume that lit candles are being used to “hide” odors. A soft, clean scent rather than a strong fragrance should greet the buyer as the door opens. 2. “How about my pets?” I love mine and you love yours but a buyer may not share our devotion to our pets. The buyer, in fact, may have serious allergies or be afraid of pets in the home they wish to see. It is always best to take your pets for a long walk or ride when your home is being shown. I will not soon forget the demonic feline that greeted buyers and me as we climbed the stairs to the second floor. Standing on its back legs with front paws and claws reaching out to do facelifts on everyone, this hissing, growling guard cat saved that second floor with its beautiful bedrooms and baths from ever being seen or sold. On another occasion, a two hundred pound Mastiff with the best intentions appeared just as the front door opened. He cocked his head in a curious position and watched as the buyer ran screaming back to the car. The seller had assured the

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This wraps up this series reviewing an online column entitled “Your Dentist May Be Ripping You Off. Here’s How to Avoid That”. The author, the son of a retired dentist, offers suggestions to avoid the “scam”. If you missed the first seven segments, you can find them at “Don’t be afraid to ask for your x-rays and get a second opinion” is the area I’ll review from this online column. Here’s what the author says: “This piece of advice came up over and over again when I spoke to dentists. It’s entirely within your rights to temporarily refuse treatment, and get a second opinion, and an honest dentist will never pressure you to do otherwise. Further, your x-rays are legally your property, and your dentist is required to turn them over to you to bring to other dentists.” He goes on to say, “ If you’re stuck and having trouble finding a dentist you trust, my

father recommends going for a consultation at the clinics operated by most dental schools. The work can take a long time, and the hours can be pretty restricted, but they’re inexpensive and the work is generally very good.” The author brings up some good points. You absolutely have every right to get an opinion from another dentist. It’s your mouth and your health, and you have the freedom to choose. Despite what the author says, technically your x-rays are the property of the dental office and your permanent medical record. You are however, entitled to a copy of your x-rays. With many dentists now using digital x-rays, this is less of an issue. Dental schools are a great place to have dental treatment done. The major disadvantages are: having to travel to Boston, spending 2-3 hours at the clinic for every appointment, and, even though as the author states “the work is generally very good”, you still have students working on you. There are different levels of care at dental schools. You can be treated by undergraduate students, graduate students, or in the faculty clinic. The fees are generally lower than a private dental office but not

“inexpensive”. There are so many factors that go into the dynamics of any “customer” and service provider relationship. Using dentistry as an example, some of those things are – the personalities and interpersonal relationship between the patient, the dentist, and every other staff member, the ability of the dentist to communicate, the technical abilities of the dentist, the level of customer service, and so on. As consumers, most of us do business with places where we are treated well and where the services provided are at a cost that we feel comfortable with. You may not want to pay $1500 for that new flat screen, but you will if you feel it is worth the investment. And, you will be more likely to buy it at a store where you are treated well and are given financing options. It’s really as simple as that. Dr. St. Clair maintains a private dental practice in Rowley and Newburyport dedicated to healthcentered 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@ can The North You Shore’s view all previously written columns at blog.



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