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February 15 - 21, 2012 • Vol. 8, No. 15

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The iPad Rescue Adventure

By Stewart Lytle, Reporter –––––––––––––––––

BYFIELD – Bruce Truesdale was flying from a New York City-area airport to Boston on a routine business trip when he did what many fellow travelers do: he put his iPad in the seat pocket in front of him. “They are small enough that in the pocket you can't see them,” Truesdale, an executive with a large shipping company, said. When the flight landed at Logan Airport, he gathered his other things and left, leaving behind the $700 iPad his children and wife had given him last Father's Day. Truesdale was crushed. Continued on page 3

Juliet and Bruce Truesdale and the rescued IPad.

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Boys & Girls Club Goes High Tech

By Stewart Lytle, Reporter ––––––––––––––––– SALISBURY – When you walk in the Boys & Girls Club of Lower Merrimack Valley these days, you know this is not the old “gym and swim” clubs that the boys and girls clubs once were. Thanks to a six-figure grant from a secret donor, the club in Salisbury, which works with 90 to 100 students after school every day and on school vacations, has gone high-tech and highcontent. Playing basketball in the gym and getting help with their homework are still major parts of the program. But they now share space with drama and dance programs, scientific experiments, photography courses, computer Photo by Stewart Lytle instruction and Xbox 360 Kinect. Mark Wood, left, and Gabe Wood dance to an XBOX 360 game.

“We asked ourselves, Are we really making an impact?” said Jim Keenan, the executive director. He questioned whether the program was just offering activities for the children who come from Salisbury, Newburyport and Amesbury. He wanted to offer both activities and programs. The club survives on grants and donations. The $25 a year the students pay for the program is barely noticed in the $500,000 club budget. But with the large donation from “a good friend,” Keenan said, the club felt it could begin creating new programs. The Boys & Girls Club of America conducted a survey of the existing programs and offered

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Sheila Mullins, Candidate for Republican State Committee Dear Editor and readers, I am Sheila Mullins, I live in Newburyport, and I am running for an office that you may not have ever heard of and frankly up until a couple of years ago, neither had I. I am running for Republican State Committee in the First Essex district which is the State Senatorial district that is currently being served by Steven Baddour. The big questions are: 1. What is the State Committee and what do they do; 2. Why should I care; and 3. Who are you, Sheila? The role of the Republican State Committee is to act as a liaison between the city/town committees and the national GOP. They are responsible for the monetary distribution to candidates that is donated to the MA GOP. The job of the State Committee is also to help grow the Republican Party in

Massachusetts, help Republicans be elected, and assist city and town committees with training, support, etc. We all know that Massachusetts is, by and large, a one party state and that this imbalance has not been good for we the beleaguered Taxpayers. Without more Republicans and others who seek a constitutionally compliant government (as in limited government), we will continue to get more of the same: excessive regulations that kill businesses, job growth, and hamstring small companies; ever-increasing taxes; a government that sees its employers (meaning the Taxpayers) as its own ATM; fewer services for American citizens, but more cost to the same; and the like. This is NOT the direction that I think is beneficial to anyone living, working, and paying taxes in Massachusetts. These are some of the reasons why you should care. Then the question still not answered is who am I? I am a member of the Newburyport Republican Committee and former Treasurer during the time that Larry Giunta was Chair. I just completed my term as the Clerk of the Newburyport Charter Commission (my only elected office). I have spent a number of years in Newburyport doing what I can to help make my adopted hometown a better place. I am a Friend, member, and volunteer at the Custom House Maritime Museum; a

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some suggestions. Many of those ideas are now becoming reality. With three full-time and 12 part-time staff members, the club began to expand its programs. On a stage by the gym, the Interactive Zone has three large-screen TVs mounted on the wall. The Xbox 360 offers about 15 different games, all of which keep the students active and improve their physical and mental skills. Last week, students were busy doing the Wipe Out Challenge and dancing to another program. Across the hall, a couple of dozen students were conducting science experiments. Last week Continued from page 1

they were building their own experiment in the Steady Hand Game. The science program helps the students learn through hands-on life, physical and earth science experiments. Other students were working on Mac computers that were more advanced than many schools and fewer households in the area have. Further down the hall, a room is being readied for a photography class that will be rolled out during the February school vacation. The club just completed a drama production of the “Wizard of Oz” where 50 club members participated either as actors or set designers. Almost

300 people came to see the two performances. In two weeks, the drama program is preparing to do a series of 15-minutes skits. In coming months, the club will offer a digital arts program that allows the club members to produce their own movies and music. The club also offers math tutorials and an anti-bullying course. “We are giving them skills that they can use outside the club. They will be better off for it,” Keenan said. “We're excited.” To enroll in the Boys & Girls Club, call 978-462-7003 or visit

iPad. Together they began what might be called the iPad Rescue Adventure. They turned on their computer and went to an iPad application, called mobileme.If you search mobileme, you will discover that it is being phased out in favor of a more robust service, ICloud. However, until summer, mobileme still works for those already enrolled. The Truesdales did not know if his iPad was enrolled in mobileme, but it was worth a try. Together they typed in his identification and password and suddenly on the screen popped up a map. Looking closer, they saw a green dot on a house. “What does that mean?” he wondered out loud. He clicked the zoom in button and the house grew larger. When he zoomed out, he realized the house, where his iPad may be being held hostage, was in a small town in Maine, about 30 minutes away. He called the police department there and told the person who answered the phone he suspected that someone who worked for the airline had found his iPad and taken it home or given it to someone who lived in the house with the green dot. Truesdale was told he needed to come in and file a complaint. It was a nice day for a drive in his new Mini Cooper, so he got on I-95 and drove north. Soon he was in the police department, which is in the basement of the town hall, sitting across from a burly officer, who wanted to hear all about the iPad and how it had been tracked. Truesdale, who follows the news closely, wondered if there

was anything the police could do in light of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling Jan. 23 that said attaching a Global Positioning Satellite tracking device to a car amounted to a police search. Under the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, police are now required to seek warrants if they install a tracking device. Maine is, after all, across two state lines and thus a federal issue,Truesdale thought. The police officer did not seem overly concerned about what the nine robed men and women in Washington, D.C., thought about tracking criminals. He turned on his computer and asked Truesdale to show him the house with the green dot. Truesdale also described the iPad with its distinctive crack and the photo of him, his brother and sister that was his screen saver. “I think I know who lives there,” the officer told Truesdale. By the time Truesdale got back to a grocery store in Newburyport to do his Super Bowl shopping, he got a call from the officer, telling him that the iPad had been rescued. Would he like to pick it up? The details of the rescue are being held on a need-to-know basis, but Truesdale believes his iPad was stolen by an airline employee, who lives in the house in Maine. The Maine police are not pressing charges because the theft occurred in Massachusetts. The officer's advice: turn the matter over to the Massachusetts state police and notify the airline about the theft by one of its unnamed employees. Truesdale is weighing his next step.

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He called the airline and was routed to its Lost and Found office in Texas where he was told one woman was handling the items recovered from planes and she was still working on stuff left behind during the Christmas holidays. “What was the chance I would ever see my iPad again?” he thought. Frustrated and disappointed, Truesdale picked up a Sunday newspaper and read an article about several federal TSA workers who had been caught stealing money, jewelry and iPads as travelers passed through the screening process. Three items in the story caught his attention: An agent who worked searching checked luggage at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport was suspended after the owner of a stolen iPad used the tracking feature on the device to locate it at the agent's home. Police found seven other iPads there. Authorities charged an agent at Miami International Airport with swiping items and luggage and smuggling them out of the airport in a hidden pocket of his work jacket. He was arrested after one of the items, an iPad, was spotted for sale on Craigslist. Another TSA employee was arrested in July at nearby Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after an airline employee reported that a fellow employee had slipped an iPad into his pants. Truesdale turned to his 12year-old daughter, Juliet, a student at Newbury Elementary School, and asked if she had installed a tracking device on his

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Community Announcements AMESBURY - The Trustees, Amesbury Health Care Charitable Trust is pleased to announce they have recently published a new Resource booklet. Community resources are listed in this booklet to services infants to seniors in Amesbury. This booklet was published with the assistances of the Amesbury Council on Aging, University of Massachusetts, Lowell and Northern Essex Community College Intern Students. This booklet is available at the Senior Center as well on the Amesbury Town web page You may also request that a booklet be mailed to by sending a written request to Amesbury Health care Charitable Trust, PO BOX 463, Amesbury, Ma 01913 -----------------------------------------------------------AMESBURY - Acadian History and Genealogy - Lucie LeBlanc Consentino is a leading Acadian genealogist. She will present a workshop at the Amesbury Public Library on Saturday, April, 28 at 2:00 p.m. Her web site, Acadian & French-Canadian Ancestral Home (, is widely regarded as providing reliable, original, and comprehensive genealogical data. She has published in several Acadian and French-Canadian genealogy journals and speaks regularly at events in the U.S. and Canada. She was a speaker at two events during the Congrès Mondial Acadien 2004 (World Congress of Acadians) in Nova For Sale Scotia and one event in 2009 in Northern New Brunswick. She was honored to give the • keynote address at the Commemoration of the 250th Anniversary of the Deportation of the Acadians in Boston, Massachusetts on City Hall Plaza. Registration is required. To register please go to or contact Margie at 978-388-8148 or -----------------------------------------------------------AMESBURY - The Market Street Baptist Church, 37 Market Street, Amesbury, MA is holding a Flea Market Fundraiser on Saturday, March 3rd from 9:00 am - 12 noon in the hall at the•front of the church building.•To researve a six foot table for $20 please call the church office at 978-388-0930 or email The event will be cancelled only  if a storm hits. Proceeds will be to fund the summer mission trips.We hope you will join us for a fun day of making new friends as well as earning money. Set -up will begin at 7:00 am at the front door. -----------------------------------------------------------GROVELAND – Kid’s Day of Art and Prayer, St. James Episcopal Church Groveland, During School Vacation, Second through Sixth Graders, February 22nd   9:30 am to 12:30pm. The first 15 children to sign up for a children's workshop lead by Ingrid Sanborn and The Rev. Marya Decarlen will have fun!!  After sharing about Lenten prayers there will be time to be creative with colored charcoal and to pray in color.  The drawings will be made into a quilt-like form for display in the Church during Lent with an explanation about why the children chose to draw their specific prayer. The cost is $7 per child (including pizza lunch).  Enroll by calling St. James Episcopal Church, 978 373-1270.  Limit:  15 children.  SJ Address:  119 Washington St., Groveland, MA 01834 -----------------------------------------------------------GROVELAND - Tiny Tots Story Time (birth- 2 years)- Tuesdays @ 10:15am- No registration required. Spring Session 1: Week of 2/27- 4/2.; Bookworms Story Time (ages 3-5)- Tuesdays @ 1pm- No registration required. Spring Session 1: Week of 2/274/2.; Read & Rhyme Story Time (ages 2-5)- Thursdays @ 10:15am- No registration required. Spring Session 1: Week of 2/274/2.; Family Fun Story Time (all ages)- Thursdays @ 1pm- No registration required. Spring Session 1: Week of 2/27- 4/2. Teddy Bear Story Time (all ages)- The fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm- No registration required. Rhythm & Rhyme Sensory Story Time (ages 2-5)- Saturdays 1/28 & 3/14 both @ 10:30am- No registration required. This story time, which is open to all children ages 2-5, is especially geared to children with sensory integration issues.; Reading with Hawke (grades K3)- Fridays 2/3 & 3/2 both @ 3:30pm- Please call the library to register (978-372-1732).  You must register for each program separately. February Make & Take Craft (all ages)- Fri. 2/10 from 10am-5pm- No registration required. Candy Sushi Making

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UPCOMING EVENTS March 7th – Program on Herrick Farm. Meeting at 7:30 at Library March 21st – Program to be announced Meeting at 7:30 at Library Next Grange supper is: 4th Wednesday in March March 28th, 2012 SUPPER NOTES: Reservations are encouraged. Call 978-948-2635 or 978948-7288. Give your name, the number in your party and the time of seating. To go dinners are also available. Reservations provide a $1 off your supper donation.

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Stages • Sports • Sports Sports By John McCarthy, Rowley Realty I was watching a movie the other night; don’t remember the name and the stages of grief someone goes through when a loved one passes was mentioned (not exactly a laugh a minute movie). When these stages were explained by the psychologist I thought they sounded eerily familiar to what a seller in a down market goes through. Psychologists talk about the five psychological stages of grief. These stages do take place in other difficult situations like divorce or even real estate. By understanding these stages in advance, before you put your home up for sale, you can better deal with the realities of selling in this market. Knowing the stages now will help you identify where you are on the scale and help you move toward getting your home SOLD! Here are the stages mentioned by the Elisabeth Kubler-Ross (she wrote a famous book on it): DENIAL The first stage. This stage was in full force 4 or 5 years ago when although the market was weakening there were arguments that it was still strong. Evidence was proving that homes were selling for less but this isn’t what sellers wanted to hear so they went into denial. Everyone, unless they have been living under a rock, knows that homes are selling for less. When I meet with sellers today most know that their home is worth less than what it was in the past. However, some sellers are still in denial. When bringing up a comparable home that fits nicely with the seller’s home I still hear things like “my house is much nicer than that one that just sold since I put a new welcome mat out front and I just bought a new toilet seat”. Um, no. Overcoming denial is the first phase in what you have

to go through when you put your home on the market. My job is to sell your home, not tell you what you want to hear (“yes that new bedspread makes your home much more valuable.”) I am giving you objective advice based on what the market of sold, for sale and under agreement homes have shown me. ANGER Now you are mad. “We should have sold years ago!!! We shouldn’t have bought this house!!!” You are upset at the market, the money you owe on the home, the faults with the home and maybe even your REALTOR® for telling you what your home is worth. All that is fine but you need to move past it as you can’t change the market you can only work within it. BARGAINING This isn’t the bargaining you do when you get an offer, it is more in the way of bargaining in psychological terms. For example, one of the ways you can bargain with yourself is by realizing that although your home will be selling for “less” than what you want you can buy a better home that you wouldn’t have been able to in a hot market. It is all relative. You couldn’t buy a 4 bedroom home 5 years ago as you couldn’t afford it. Now you may be able to. There will certainly be some bargaining later on when we get an offer for your home but for now the bargaining takes place in your mind…do we want to sell or do we stay put? DEPRESSION Now you’re feeling down. Your bargaining and anger have subsided and although you are pressing forward with the sale you are not optimistic. You know now that you haven’t created any equity, you didn’t make the money you always

hoped when you bought and your goal of retiring on a huge nest egg at 35 isn’t happening. Take some solace in knowing that there are a lot of people experiencing this, and many of them have been hit a lot harder than you may have been. Also realize that if this is your first home sale and subsequent purchase you will probably be on the cusp of a rising market. If this is your last sale and you bought your home more than 10 years ago you probably made money. If it was longer than that you more than likely made a lot of money. ACCEPTANCE This is the stage we are trying to go to--an acceptance of the real estate market. You accept that you are not “giving the house away.” Accept that you may have to do some more work (paint, flooring, etc.) to get less than what you would have even a few years ago. You will have to accept that you may not get the price you want. Sorry, it is nobody’s fault, just the way the market has gone. One thing that is easy to accept is that once your home does sell and you move forward to purchase a new home that you will be on the other side of the market as a buyer. If you aren’t getting what you wanted on your sale then you should be able to make it up on the purchasing end. A good REALTOR® can navigate you though these five stages to what will hopefully be a 6th stage…Happiness. 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 john@

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Site Work (grades 6-12)- Mon. 2/13 @ 6pm- Online registration required ( Read & Sign with Lindsey (birth- 2 years)- Tues. 2/21 @ 10:30am- Online registration begins Mon. 1/30 @ 1pm. Read & Sign with Lindsey (ages 3-6)- Tues. 2/21 excavation contractorS @ 11:30am- Online registration begins Mon. 1/30 @ 1pm. Bread-Clay Bead Making (grades 3-5)- Wed. 2/22 & Thurs. 2/23 Septic tankS & both @ 2pm- Online registration begins Mon. 1/30 @ 1pm. Miss Spider's Tea Party (ages 3-7)- Thurs. 2/23 @ 11am- Online SyStem contractorS registration begins Mon. 1/30 @ 1pm. Guitar & Bass Clinic with Eric Clemenzi (grades 3 & up)- Wed. 2/29 @ 6:30pm- No registration required. Langley-Adams Library, (978)372-1732 container Service -----------------------------------------------------------IPSWICH - Quickstart Tennis Clinics - FREE! Get geared up for the spring Quickstart Tennis League by taking this free clinic at the Ipswich Family YMCA at 110 County Road.  Learn the USTA basics of forehand, backhand, serve and volley in a fun format.  Reserve your spot by calling 978-356-9622, rackets provided. Wednesday, Feb 22 10-11am, Ages 5-7 11am-Noon Ages 8-10 -----------------------------------------------------------IPSWICH - Ipswich Museum, 54 South Main Street, Ipswich needs tour guides and greeters for the 2012 tour season of the Heard and Whipple Houses. Share in the fun by learning about local history through the Museum’s collections and sharing that information with visitors from Listen to Kathryn’s radio program here and around the globe. Training runs in four sessions beginning on April 28 every Friday at 7:45 am on WNBP from 9-11 am. Refreshments served. Call 978-356-2811 for more information or to sign up. -----------------------------------------------------------IPSWICH - The Ipswich Family YMCA, located at 110 County Rd., will be hosting an Overnight Lock-In for local Middle School Youth Groups on March 9th from 8pm to 8am. All night long there will be exciting games and activities in the gym and the pool as well as music, food, contests and more. It is going to be an awesome night that you do not want to miss. Bring your friends and come have a blast at the Y. $20 for Y Members and $30 for the Community, pre-register by March 7 at the Ipswich Kathryn O’Brien, M.Ed. Family YMCA.  For more information, contact Nick Fitzgerald at 978-356-9622.  -----------------------------------------------------------Direct Line: 978-465-1322 NEWBURY - The First Parish Church of Newbury - Stewards of Earth and Email: Spirit, host the Growing Together Sunday School.  Classes meet Sundays from the Website: beginning of September through May 20.  The indoor/outdoor program for children ages 5 -12 and children with special needs, engages children in projects and activities centered around this year's theme:  Stewards of God's Earth.  The Sunday school class maintains a plot in the New Eden Community Gardens, which functions as an outdoor classroom for organic gardening projects and environmental conservation activities.   Class meets at the regular worship service in the FPCN sanctuary at 10 a.m.  Students gather downstairs in Holton Hall after the children's message for class.  The church is located at 20 High Road, (Route 1A), Newbury. -----------------------------------------------------------NEWBURY - The Town will be hosting a Conflict of Interest Seminar on February 15, 2012 at the Newbury Elementary School.  This is a presentation by 86 Ipswich Road,Topsfield: P: 978-948-8696 • F: 978-948-2564 David Giannotti of the State Ethics Commission.  All town employees, board and Elegant 1837 home with almost 5 committee members and elected officials are invited to attend. As a result, the Town acres of horse-friendly grounds, Hall will be closed on the morning of February 15th.  They will be open to the public at noon on this date.  skating pond, and separate -----------------------------------------------------------studio/office. Spacious eat-in NEWBURYPORT - The Stimulantes to play at AJH’s “Grecian Night with Great kitchen with large island and Chefs” The Anna Jaques Hospital Aid Association announces that plans for “A Grecian Night with Great Chefs” are well under way. The date is Friday, March 16. Rumford fireplace. Master suite Presenting sponsors are the Institution for Savings and the Newburyport Five Cent with multi-angled cathedral Savings Bank. Included in this 24th annual event are gourmet food tasting (6 to 8 ceilings, Rumford fireplace, roof p.m.) and live entertainment and dancing (8 to 10 p.m.). The culinary creations are

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local entertainment calendar Ironic Music Calendar features local events North of Boston and along Coastal / Southern NH. IMC is a production of Ironic Music Booking Agency LLC: If your venue would like to be included in this calendar, or if you’d like to receive this list weekly via email, please contact us at:

Berry, 7-9pm Sun 2/16: Bluegrass Brunch with Flynn Cohen, 12-2pm CAPE ANN BREWING CO. www.capeannbrewing. com 27 Commercial St., 978281-4782 Wed 2/15: Trivia Night, 7:30pm Thu 2/16: Open Mic Night, 9pm MURPHY’S RIVERSIDE Fri 2/17: Mardi Gras Find them on Facebook Costume ball with Henri Smith 37 Main St., 978-834Sat 2/18: The Runaround 0020 Tue 2/21: Sea Shanty Thu 2/16: Karaoke Mon 2/20: Game Night Sing-A-Long, 9pm MASSACHUSETTS Amesbury THE BARN PUB & GRILLE 5 Ring Street, 978-3888700 Wed 2/15: Seacoast Dart Association League Fri 2/17: Luck of the Draw Tue 2/21: Northeast Dart Association League

Beverly FIBBER McGEE'S Find them on Facebook 108 Cabot St., 978-2320180 Wed 2/15: Karaoke Thu 2/16: DJ Fri 2/17: DJ Sat 2/18: DJ/Live Music Mon 2/20: Trivia, 7:30pm THE PICKLED ONION www.pickledonionbeverly. com 355 Rantoul St., 978-2323973 Wed 2/15: Karaoke, 10pm Thu 2/16: DJ Max Baun, 10pm-1am Fri 2/17: Tobin & Leahy, 5-9pm Mon 2/20: Stump Trivia, 5-10pm Billerica EMERALD ROSE 785 Boston Rd., 978-6670500 Sat 2/18: Tom Courtney, 7:30pm MICKEE’s SPORTS PUB www.mickeesonthewater. com 512 Middlesex Turnpike, 978-667-1157 Sun 2/19: Free Pool Mon 2/20: Free Pool NEWTOWNE GRILL & SPORTS BAR 838 Boston Rd., 978-6670021 Wed 2/15: Karaoke w/DJ Scott C Thu 2/16: Stump trivia, 7pm; DJ Pensive, 10pm Danvers THE VILLAGE GREEN www.villagegreendanvers. com 225 Newbury St., 978774-7270 Sun 2/19: Mardi Gras, Wild Fire Gloucester ALCHEMY CAFÉ & BISTRO 3 Duncan St., 978-2813997 Wed 2/15: Women, Wine & Chocolate w/Chelsea

Wed 2/15: Karaoke Thu 2/16: Country Line Dance Lesson Fri 2/17: DJ Julian; MDDS Sat 2/18: BD & The Cavemen Sun 2/19: Dave Rasmussen Sax Factory Mon 2/20: Battle of the Bands; Dead Air Project vs. Krazor Love Tue 2/21: Open Mic MAL’S LOUNGE @ GEORGE’S RESTAURANT 77 Washington St., 978374-5150 Fri 2/17: Roy Barboza THE PEDDLER’S DAUGHTER www.thepeddlersdaughter. com 45 Wingate St., 978-3729555 Sat 2/18: Pop Farmers, 9:30pm

THE TAP/LIMELIGHT LOUNGE 100 Washington St., 978THE DOG BAR 374-1117 65 Main St., 978-281Wed 2/15: Stump Trivia 6565 Thur 2/16: Karaoke Wed 2/15: Karaoke, Fri 2/17: MFS Band 9pm-cl Sat 2/18: Nerve 8 Thu 2/16: 3 Vibe, 9pm-cl Fri 2/17: JT and the Lawrence Hounds, 9pm THE CLADDAGH Sat 2/18: T Max, Renee and Joe, 9pm-cl 399 Canal St., 978-688Sun 2/19: Michael 8337 O’Leary with David de la Wed 2/15: Trivia Night, Barre, 9pm-cl 8-10pm; Over 6 Thu 2/16: DJ Night, GIUSEPPE'S 9:30pm-1am RISTORANTE Fri 2/17: Bail Out Sat 2/18: Mugsy 2 Main St., 978-879-4622 Wed 2/15: Open Mic, Methuen 7:30-10:30pm FIRESIDE Thu 2/16: Dueling RESTAURANT & PUB Pianos, 8:30pm Fri 2/17: Joe Thomas, 171 Pelham St., 978-6839pm-cl 2945 Sat 2/18: Joe Thomas, Wed 2/15: Harry Karaoke 9pm-cl Sun 2/19: Rick Lauria and Thu 2/16: Just Joe Fri 2/17: Beau Paris Graham Sturz, 6pm Sat 2/18: Beau Paris JALAPEÑOS MEXICAN SAHARA CLUB RESTAURANT www.jalapenosgloucester. 34 Bates St., 978-683com 9200 86 Main St., 978-283Tue 2/21: The Chris 8228 Taylor Trio Tue 2/15: DECA Fundraiser Newburyport DAVID’S TAVERN @ THE RHUMB LINE THE GARRISON INN 40 Railroad Ave, 283-9732 11 Brown Sq., 978-462Wed 2/15: Prime Rib, 8077 5pm; Fly Amero, 8-11pm Thu 2/16: Tom Courtney, Thu 2/16: Dave Sags 7-10pm Blues Party, 9:30pmSat 2/17: Aiden’s Clan 1:30am Sun 2/18: Billy Glynn Fri 2/17: Full Circle, 9:30-12:30am THE GROG Sat 2/18: Generation Gap, 9:30pm-12:30am 13 Middle St., 978-465Sun 2/19: Marina Evans, 8008 8pm-12am Wed 2/15: Hoot Night, Mon 2/20: Open Jam 8-11pm w/Dan King, 9:30pmThu 2/16: Underground 12:30am Hip-Hop hosted by Tue 2/21: Trivia, 7pm; Persistant Funk Jam w/Henley Fri 2/17: Don’t Call Me Douglass Jr. & Soul Force Shirley V, 10pm-12:30am Sat 2/18: Soul Robot Sun 2/19: Blues Party, Haverhill CHIT CHAT LOUNGE 6-10pm Mon 2/20: Comedy Open 103 Washington St., 978- Mic, 7:30-9:30pm Tue 2/21: Steve Spoungin 374-9710

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Goffstown THE VILLAGE TRESTLE 25 Main St., 603-497ROCKAFELLAS 8230 www.rockafellasofsalem. Thu 2/16: Ladies Night com Karaoke THE GREEN LAND 231 Essex St, 978-745Fri 2/17: The Tom Dixon CAFÉ 2411 Band, 8pm-12am North Reading www.thegreenlandcafe. Wed 2/15: Latin Dance Sat 2/18: Rose Kula, 8pmGREAT AMERICAN com Party, 8-11:30pm 12am TAVERN 87 Washington St., 978- Fri 2/17: Lisa Love Sun 2/19: The Wan-Tu www.greatamericantavern. 744-7766 Experience Blues Band, 3-7pm net Fri 2/17: Clay Ventre and Sat 2/18: Audio Tue 2/21: Usual Suspects, 303 Main St., 978-207- the Bond Girls Underground 6-8pm 1240 Mon 2/20: Julie THE PASTA LOFT Thu 2/16: Stump Trivia, Dougherty, 8pm-11pm SCRATCH KITCHEN 8-10pm; Time of Your www.scratchkitchensalem. 220 E Main St., 603-378Life DJ, 9pm-12am THE GULU GULU com 0092 Fri 2/17: Diezal Lounge CAFÉ 245 Derby St., 978-741- Wed 2/15: Open Mic 2442 Fri 2/17: Groove Peabody 247 Essex St., 978-740- Thu 2/16: John Sage Authority CAPONE'S ITALIAN 8882 Sat 2/18: The Fallen Stars AMERICAN Thu 2/16: Fishing the Salisbury RESTAURANT Sky; Sasha de la Cruz Art BLUE OCEAN MUSIC Hampton, Hampton Opening HALL Beach & North 147 Summit St., 978-977- Fri 2/17: DJ Seth Hampton 0520 Sat 2/18: Dave Simmons 4 Oceanfront North, 978- WALLY’s PUB Thu 2/16: Moholland Annual Theme 463-9222 Drive Tue 2/21: Mardi Gras Thu 2/16: The Dan 144 Ashworth Ave., 603Fri 2/17: Lee Hawkins Party Morgan Band 926-6954 Sat 2/18: Wildfire Sat 2/18: Frank Santos Jr. Wed 2/15: DJ Provo PADDY KELLY’s IN A PIG’S EYE Open Mic, 9pm CAROUSEL LOUNGE Thu 2/16: Bi Polar Bears, 9pm 20 Oceanfront, 978-465- Fri 2/17: Split, 8-11pm 9045 Sat 2/18: Strip Search, Sat 2/18: King Karaoke, 8-11pm 8:30pm Mon 2/20: DJ Provo, 9pm HOBO'S CAFÈ & LOUNGE Newmarket www.chefhowieshobocafe. STONE CHURCH ON �ive �usic �hursdays com ZION HILL 5 Broadway, 978-465www.stonechurchrocks. � S������ K������ 4626 com every �hursday ��-� �� � no cover Wed 2/15: Karaoke & 5 Granite St., 603-292Dance, 6pm 3546 Scratch Kitchen is a quality driven gourmet gastro Thu 2/16: Karaoke Wed 2/15: Trivia Night deli focusing on regional & local farm fresh Contest & Dance, 8:30pm Thu 2/16: Element ingredients with fantastic daily specials, house Mon 2/21: Karaoke & Fri 2/17: Kung Fu smoked meats and great craft beers to choose from! 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Marley 409 The Hill, 603-427Sat 2/11: Santorelli 2583 Wed 2/15: Open Mic MADDY’S LOUNGE & Fri 2/17: Andrew Merzi 245 Derby St. - corner of Congress & Derby GRILLE Sat 2/18: The George Salem, MA | 978-741-2442 | Brown Band Check �acebook for specials: 1639 Broadway, 781-231����itchen 1185 PORTSMOUTH Fri 2/17: Audio GASLIGHT CO. www.portsmouthgaslight. 154 Washington St., 978- 148 Derby St., 978-741- Underground Sat 2/18: Beatlejuice com 532-2370 4436 Sun 2/19: Karaoke 64 Market St., 603-430Wed 2/15: Karaoke, Wed 2/15: Orville 9122 3-10pm Giddings and Allen Estes POLCARI’s Fri 2/17: Ice Fest, 5pm; Thu 2/16: College Night Thu 2/16: Fiddle Head w/DJ Mikey B Fri 2/17: Blues Jam, 4:15- Justin Lantrip, 9:30pm; 92 Broadway, Rte. 1N, Keith Henderson, 10pm Fri 2/17: DJ Sammii 6:45pm Sat 2/18: Ice Fest, 5pm; Mon 2/20: Beirut Sat 2/18: Sit Down Baby 781-233-3765 Tournament, 9:45pm Sun 2/19: Levy, Stubbss, Wed 2/15: Karaoke, 7:30- DJ Koko P, 9:00pm; 11:30pm Aaron Denny, 9:30pm; Tue 2/21: Family Feud Rivelli Trio Thu 2/16: Stump Trivia, Randy Arrant, 10pm Style Trivia, 9pm Mon 2/20: Open Mic, 8-10pm, Industry Night Tue 2/21: Pub Trivia, 9pm 9pm Fun Reading Fri 2/17: Keep it Real THE PRESS ROOM GRUMPY DOYLE’s O'NEILL'S PUB Band 77 Daniel St., 603-431530 Main St., 781-942- 120 Washington St., 978- Sat 2/18: Soul Fuzion Band 5186 2822 740-8811 Wed 2/15: Chad Verbeck Fri 2/17: Acoustic Hot Wed 2/15: Sports Trivia, NEW HAMPSHIRE Thu 2/16: Beat Night Jazz Tub 5-10pm Exeter & Poetry Tue 2/21: Stump Trivia, Thu 2/16: DJ Sap, 11pmSHOOTERS PUB @ Fri 2/17: Martin England 8-10pm 12:30am and the Reconstructed Fri 2/17: Live Irish Music, EXETER BOWLING LANES Sat 2/18: Dan Walker Rockport 6-9pm; DJ Sap, 10pmwww.shooterssportspub. 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RÍRÁ IRISH PUB portsmouth.html 22-26 Market St., 603-3191680 Wed 2/15: Open Mic, 9pm Fri 2/17: Amorphous Band, 10pm Sun 2/19: Irish Sessions with Rob Benton, 9pm Mon 2/20: Oran Mor, 5pm Tue 2/21: Quiz w/Murph & Little Murph, 8pm RUDI’S PORTSMOUTH 20 High St., 603-430-7834 Wed 2/15: Dimitri, 6pm Thu 2/16: Brett Gallo and Guest, 6pm Fri 2/17: Philip Sargent and Guest, 6pm Sat 2/18: Danny Harrington and Dimitri, 6pm Sun 2/19: Jazz Brunch with Max Langley, 12-3pm THE RUSTY HAMMER 49 Pleasant St., 603-4369289 Thu 2/16: Trivia Night, 8-10pm SPRING HILL TAVERN @ THE DOLPHIN STRIKER 15 Bow St., 603-431-5222 Wed 2/15: Michael Troy and Craig Tramack Thu 2/16: The Digney Fignus Fri 2/17: The Jack Leg Preachers Sat 2/18: Power Money Cake Sun 2/19: The Retroactivists Mon 2/20: Old School, 8pm-12am Tue 2/21: Bob Halperin Salem JOCELYN’s RESTAURANT http://jocelynsrestaurant. com 355 S. Broadway, 603-8700045 Sat 2/18: Marc Fleury MURRAY’s TAVERN 326 S Broadway, 603-8949100 Wed 2/15: 45’s Night Thu 2/16: Trivia Night Fri 2/17: Grp 3 Seabrook CHOP SHOP RESTAURANT AND PUB 920 Layfayette Rd., 603760-7500 We 2/15: Reverend JJ and the Casual Sinners Thu 2/16: Date Night with Tone Bone Fri 2/17: Drop Zone PRIME TIME SPORTS BAR & GRILL primetimeseabrook 620 Lafayette Rd., 603760-7230 Wed 2/15: Team Trivia, 8pm Thu 2/16: Karaoke & Ladies Night, 9pm Fri 2/17: Bedrock, 9pm Sat 2/18: The Take, 9pm If your venue would like to be included in this calendar, or if you’d like to receive this list weekly via email, please contact us at: info@

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courtesy of celebrated chefs from over twenty Greater Newburyport restaurants and caterers. The Stimulantes, a seasoned, high-energy Newburyport-based band, will KAYAKS provide the music. We Once again, the Governor’s Academy, in Byfield, is graciously stock donating its facilities for the gala. Tickets are $65 per person. Great Chefs’ Night is Wilderness Systems - Old Town COM-PAC the AJH Aid Association’s main fundraiser each year, with all proceeds supporting Perception - Necky PRECISION services at the hospital. For additional information, or to purchase tickets, please Ocean Kayak Sunfish, Zuma, Laser visit, or call 978-463-1150. Canoes -----------------------------------------------------------Mad River Old Town - Radisson ROWLEY - If your 2012 goals include feeling more fit and less stressed, give this yoga Fernald’s class a try. Students are led through a series of stretches, strengthening and balancing On the River Parker postures,Rt. twists inversions by 01951 certified yoga instructor Maura Mastrogiovanni. 1A,and Newbury, MA No registration is required, and all fitness levels are welcome. Bring a mat if you Rt. 1A, Newbury, MA 01915 have one and978wear comfortable clothes. Class meets every Wednesday evening at 465-0312 (978) 465-0312 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 978-948-2850 for more information. -----------------------------------------------------------SALISBURY COA HILTON SENIOR CENTER 43 Lafayette Rd Salisbury is open to all and presents the following opportunities. To register or for more information call the Hilton Center at 978-462-2412 Diabetic Awareness 6+ wks Workshop, Thursday, February 23rd @ Noon – Topics Include:$38.30/week The difference between Type 1 & Type 2 diabetes, how to live with and control your diabetes, wks management, $30.70/week healthier food choices, risks associated with poor13+ diabetes how to best monitor your diabetes, and learn how you can get custom fit diabetic 26+ wks $27.60/week shoes (no out of pocket expenses). Bring your insurance cards.  Door prize of $20 Walmart gift card.  Call to pre-register 978-462-2412; Watercolor Painting, 52month wks with$24.90/week February 23rd @ Noon - Paint a different scene each watercolor and bring home your finished painting.  Everything you need to pain Place this ad in your our picture monthly will be supplied.  Watercolor painting Coach, W. E. Duke (Bill) will be providing publication fornecessary.  an additional the class instruction.  Cost is only $20, no prior experience is Preregistration is required, please call 978-462-2412; Chat$9.75/week. Works, Wednesdays 1:00pm to 2:45pm – Work on your lifestyle or career growth.  Rewire your life, your heart, your mind.  Re-charge your life’s direction, get your life back on track, become the New You.  Need motivation – inspiration, assistance?  We are here for you.  Discuss your concerns in a relaxed, supportive environment.   Hosted by team leader Gene Talford.  Pre-register by calling 978-462-2412 Place this ad in our monthly ---------------------------------------------------publication additional SEABROOK - The Seabrook school District is responsiblefor foranidentifying children from two and a half to 6 years who may require special education $28.75/week. services.  A Child Find Screening will be held on Thursday, February 16, 2012.  Parents who have concerns about their child’s development in the areas of speech and language, motor coordination, social/emotional growth, vision and hearing or learning abilities are urged to call Carol Brickett at 474-8017 to schedule an appointment for this screening.  -----------------------------------------------------------SENIORCARE, INC. is the federally designated Area Agency on Aging and Massachusetts Aging Services Access Point serving the following cities and towns: Beverly, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Rockport, Topsfield and Wenham.  The agency provides and coordinates services to elders that enable them to live independently at home.  SeniorCare’s Meals on Wheels and nutrition programs served more than 170,000 meals last year, including home delivered meals as well as congregate dining services at many local sites.  SeniorCare, Inc. originated as a grass roots agency, and has been providing assistance to seniors since 1972.  The Home Care Program’s community-based services enable elders to receive help with daily tasks, such as shopping, bathing, personal emergency response units, and homemaking.  The agency provides elder protective services as well as ombudsman services that represent the rights of seniors in nursing facilities. It also sponsors RSVP Volunteers of the North Shore, which provides volunteer opportunities for people aged 55 and older, and places them at more than 25 area non-profit agencies.  SeniorCare, Inc. is available online at or by calling 978-281-1750, or our toll free line 1-866-927-1050.  Email -----------------------------------------------------------TOPSFIELD - Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield offers four days of vacation fun for children in grades K-5 during February school vacation week. Children discover the wonders of winter through outdoor explorations and indoor activities. Learn how animals survive the winter, spend a day discovering owls, search for predators such as hawks, owls, foxes, and coyotes, tap a maple tree and learn about maple sugaring, and much more. Participants are divided into small groups by age. Sign up for all four days or individual days. Daily themes: Tuesday, February 21: Maple Sugaring; Wednesday, February 22: Winter Homes; Thursday, February 23: Carnivores Dining Out; Friday, February 24: Awesome Owls Fee For All 4 Days: $174. Fee Per Day: $54. Discount for Mass Audubon members. Advance registration is required; call 978-887-9264. -----------------------------------------------------------TRITON GRADVENTURE FUNDRAISER – Teamwork Trivia Night on Friday, March 2 hosted by DJ Ed Mullen. Doors Open at 6:30pm - Games 7pm – 11pm. Newburyport Elks, Low Street. A fun night out while raising funds for the Senior All-Night Substance Free Celebration! Grab your friends, neighbors, family members!  Put together a Team – 10 People per Table / Team $25 per person. Don’t have a team?? Sign up as an individual or couple and we will place you on a team! B.Y.O.M. 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Don't miss the latest art on exhibit at the Rowley Public Library, 141 Main St. Rowley resident Fred Hardy creates unique pieces out of Banyon roots harvested while diving in the Gulf of Mexico. Small pieces of coral and shell are organically captured by the Banyon and remain in the art. Copper sculptures and other found objects are then incorporated into the shape. Hardy also creates custom motorcycles, and an album of this work is available to browse at the library as well. Merle Phipps' Intarsia display will remain in the Library display case through February. If you have artwork to display, or an interesting hobby or collection, contact Pam Jacobson @ 978-948-2850

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ABOVE: Atria Merrimack Place is offering a monthly health lecture by an RN with Merrimack Valley Hospice. February's topic was 'Depression: Let's help each other' and was widely attended by both Atria residents as well as members of the community. LEFT: February PALA recipients at Atria Merrimack Place, awarded to top participants in our physical activity programs. Pictured from L to R are Blanche Sargent, Bob May and Scott Smith!

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Health & Fitness Brighter Smiles...

Are you holding back a beautiful smile?

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By J. Peter St. Clair, DMD

I told you a couple of weeks ago about a new product that had sparked my interest. I had been reading about it for a few months and at the time I mentioned it in my column, I was just heading out to attend a 2-day annual dental meeting to learn more. I am typically not an early adopter of “new stuff ”. I like to see new products or technology spend a bit of time in other dentist’s practices before I make a decision to invest. There has to be overwhelming evidence to me that the “new stuff” is going to make the treatment I provide for my patients better, make my life and my patient’s life easier, and make economic sense from the standpoint of running a business. The product I mentioned a few weeks back is called Onset®. It is a system used to buffer dental anesthetic or “Novocaine”. Here is the concept. The pH scale measures how acidic or basic a substance is and is measured

on a scale of 0 to 14. For example, lemonade has a pH of around 2.5 whereas milk has a pH of around 7. Lemonade is obviously more acidic than milk and subsequently has a lower pH. The human body has a pH of about 7.4. Dental anesthetic has a pH of 3.9. Think about that for a minute. If you had to have something injected in you, logically, would you rather have it be lemonade or milk? I think most would say milk because milk seems more soothing than lemonade. Lemonade seems like it would “burn” more. This is the same concept with local dental anesthetic. Dental anesthetic has a very low pH and that is why there is the uncomfortable “burning” feeling when it is injected. One of the most common things patients complain about is the “shot”. The reason the pH is low is because the acidity is needed to dissolve the chemicals in the anesthetic, and it prolongs the shelflife of the anesthetic. When the anesthetic is injected, the “burning” feeling is short-lived because the body immediately begins to neutralize the pH of the anesthetic and bring it closer to the body’s pH. As this happens, the anesthetic effect starts to take place. The concept behind Onset® is to buffer or neutralize the anesthetic right before it is injected. The system

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