, Newburyport, MA

June 7, 2013

Health Beat: Newburyport baby wins photo contest

Health Beat
Newburyport Daily News

---- — Anna Jaques Hospital and Women’s Health Care have selected a Newburyport newborn’s photo to appear in advertisements that start running today.

The picture of Austin Marroncelli, just 1 week old when it was taken, was selected from more than 60 entries submitted to the contest through the Anna Jaques Facebook page. The photos all featured babies born at Anna Jaques and delivered by a Women’s Health Care provider within the past five years.

The winning photo was selected by a panel of judges composed of Women’s Health Care and Birth Center staff and one of the hospital’s corporators.

Austin is the son of David and Kristen Marroncelli, who also received a $150 Visa gift card.

Join local team riding for a cure

The second annual Pan-Merrimack Challenge will roll away from Michael’s Harborside on Saturday, June 15. Registration starts at 8 a.m.

Riders pay a $50 fee, raise at least $50 in pledges and ride a 25- or 50-mile scenic route through neighboring communities. A post-ride celebration will take place back at Michael’s Harborside with live music from Todo Bien, lunch and a raffle.

All riders will receive T-shirts, water bottles and gift bags.

All proceeds from the bike-a-thon will benefit the Riverside Rockets’ Pan-Mass Challenge team. The Pan-Mass Challenge, set for Aug. 3 and 4, raises money for cancer treatment and research through the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and The Jimmy Fund.

The Riverside Rockets, a team of 23 members from Amesbury and Newburyport, are riding this year’s Pan-Mass Challenge in honor of Wesley Barrett, a 2-year-old boy being treated for clear cell sarcoma of the kidney.

To register for the Pan-Merrimack Challenge or for more information, visit

Fair emphasizes senior health

Seniors are invited to attend the second annual Senior Health Fair on Saturday, June 15, at the YWCA Greater Newburyport.

Running from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the fair will include information on social opportunities and resources available through local councils on aging, hearing and eye tests, advice on natural pain relief, and a talk by Wellness Director Ilene Harnch-Grady on the importance of fitness.

Seniors can also bring their bathing suits and towels for a swim in the warm-water pool from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

For more information, call 978-465-9922, ext. 27, or email

Support offered for those grieving

A free, six-week support group for widows and widowers will be held at the Amesbury Senior Community Center on Tuesdays from June 11 through July 16.

The group is open to residents of Amesbury, as well as surrounding communities. Free transportation is offered for those who live in town.

The group will meet from 9 to 10 a.m. at the center, located in the Nicholas Costello Transportation Center, 68 Elm St. To register or for more information, call 978-552-4537.

Helping local mothers and babies

The 21st annual Walk for Life fundraiser will take place on Saturday, June 15, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Hope Community Church in Newburyport.

The two-mile walk funds the Pregnancy Care Center’s client services program, which provides counseling, food, clothing and furniture to local families in need. The center has locations in Amesbury, Haverhill and Lawrence. Walks will also be held at the same time in Haverhill and Reading.

To register or for more information, call 978-373-5718 or visit

Free yoga classes on the waterfront

A free community weekly yoga class will be held at Waterfront Park, behind the Firehouse, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. every Friday through Aug. 24.

Led by Mike Houlihan of Roots to Wings, the classes will have a healing focus and include postures and breathing for strength, flexibility, balance and concentration. Bring a mat or towel.

Donations will be accepted for the Pettengill House in Salisbury.

Roots to Wings is also offering classes at Perkins Playground off Water Street on Saturday mornings, starting tomorrow, and beach yoga on Sunday mornings on the Newbury side of Plum Island.

For more information, call 978-463-9642, email or visit


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