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September 12, 2013

The Lookout: Longtime Newburyport educator kicks off author series


Learn how to be a time trader at a meeting this Sunday at 4 p.m. at Central Congregational Church in Newburyport.

The Time Trade Circle of Greater Newburyport is a new group that will use a time bank to offer and receive a wide range of services in the area. A time bank is a system that uses the currency of time, with one time dollar being equal to one hour of a person’s labor.

Examples of services could include home improvements, pet care, tutoring, computer assistance, chauffeur service and accounting help.

The church is located at 14 Titcomb St.

Authors to visit Port bookstore

Jabberwocky Bookshop is hosting two author events this week.

Newburyport native Donna O’Neil will return to her hometown tomorrow to promote her new book, “Instrument of Courage.”

At 7 p.m., O’Neil will sign copies of the novel and will also discuss her next book, “Shrimp Dancing With the Undesirables,” as well as a book she edited about crime in Tennessee, where she lives now.

“Instrument of Courage” tells the story of a man who is forced to face his demons when he returns to his college town for a funeral.

O’Neil has worked for a number of newspapers, including The Daily News, and is the daughter of a former editor, the late John O’Neil.

On Sunday, Halloween will come early when Danvers author Paul Czajak leads a program of fun and games based on his new children’s picture book, “Monster Needs a Costume.”

Starting at 1 p.m., families will enjoy crafts, story time and treats. Children wearing costumes will be entered in a raffle for a free T-shirt and other prizes.

The bookstore is located in The Tannery Marketplace, 50 Water St. For more information, call 978-465-9359 or visit

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