NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

July 1, 2013

Police warn against fireworks on the beach

Salisbury Town Notebook
Angeljean Chiaramida

---- — With the Fourth of July just around the corner, police Chief Tom Fowler is reminding residents, renters and visitors alike that fireworks are illegal in Massachusetts.

Fowler cautions that he will have officers out on patrol, strictly enforcing the illegal use of fireworks regulations next week.

In addition, open fires are not permitted on the beach, Fowler said, and those found with one are subject to a fine of $100. Again, Fowler said, he will be adding beach patrols to address this issue, as well as fireworks.

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The local campaign to raise $400,000 in private contributions for the new library construction project is just getting off the ground, and will continue for the next several months, according to Selectman Henry Richenburg.

In addition, a Library Building Committee has been appointed to work through the design, bidding and construction phases of the project.

This spring, both voters at the polls and Town Meeting approved bonding for $7.5 million to build a new 17,000-square-foot public library to replace the town’s small library located on Salisbury Green. The town received a state grant for $3.8, slashing what the town will need to borrow considerably. The Friends of Salisbury Library have pledged to raise more money to lower the burden on taxpayers even more.

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Salisbury needs responsible residents to staff many of the local boards and committees that make the town work. People are needed to fill vacancies on the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Planning Board, the Liquor Licensing Commission and the Harbor Commission.

For more information, call the office of Town Manager Neil Harrington at 978-465-2310, ext. 100.

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Looking for fun things to do with the children with school out? The Salisbury Public Library reminds parents that it has passes to some of the most popular museums that can be reserved by residents.

The passes discount the costs of admission at many great cultural icons that kids love, like the New England Aquarium, Museum of Science, Boston Children’s Museum and more.

For more information, stop by the library to pick up its “Check Out a Museum!” brochure, or call the library at 978-465-5071.

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There’s also plenty to do for local senior citizens every day at the Hilton Senior Center, and on hot, humid days, the activities might be just the thing to keep cool.

For further information, contact the Council on Aging at 978-462-2412 concerning any of the regular weekly program listed here.

Play Mah Jongg, Tuesdays at 11:30 p.m. Players are always welcome. Some experience is needed, but all are welcome.

Join the Quilters Group, which meets Tuesdays at noon; no need to bring supplies, just bring yourself.

Cribbage players meet Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. for a fun session. Join current players and learn to play regardless of experience.

On Wednesdays at noon, join in for a light workout with Wii bowling. It improves balance, endurance, range of motion and sequencing abilities. Wii offers a welcome reprieve from a sedentary lifestyle, and boosts hand-eye coordination in a way that bingo and cards can’t.

Join in the knitting, crocheting, pretty punching, socializing and refreshments when Crafts and Chat meets Thursdays at 9 a.m. Plenty of supplies and yarn available and lots of fun.

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Angeljean Chiaramida covers Salisbury for the Daily News. She can be reached at 978-462-6666 ext 3271, or at achiaramida@newburyportnews.com.