NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

December 20, 2013

Selectmen extend Manzi's contract

Seabrook Town Notebook
Angeljean Chiaramida

---- — Selectmen made a move recently that indicates they are pleased with the performance of new Town Manager Bill Manzi. At their meeting last week, the board voted unanimously to extend Manzi’s two-year contract to three years.

Although the details, such as salary, are yet to be negotiated, the selectmen praised Manzi’s work ethic and methods. Selectmen said the new budget format Manzi developed this year made the creation of the next budget easier. And Selectman Aboul Khan was pleased with Manzi’s efforts during last weekend’s storm. Manzi was in town, Khan said, and driving local streets to check on their safety level.

Manzi, who took over as Town Manager in July, says he’s happy with his job in Seabrook and enjoys the community and its residents greatly.

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On Tuesday, Jan. 7, the Planning Board will hold a follow up meeting on the rezoning of the northern section of Route 1 beyond the Route 107 intersection. If developed as a zoning amendment, it would be on the March Town Warrant for voter approval.

The new zoning, if passed, would reduce the size of new buildings allowed in the area, to prevent more “big box” retailers from coming in. One of the amendment’s goals would be to prevent the increase in traffic at the intersection and along Route 1, which already endures heavy traffic. Traffic will increase even more when two approved shopping centers open in the next several years.

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Selectmen approved a request from Seabrook Historical Society president Eric Small to sponsor an article on the March warrant, requesting voters’ permission for $30,000 to replace the clapboards in the Old South Meeting House.

Built in 1764, Old South Meeting House served as a place of worship originally, but when a second story was added, it acted as Seabrook’s Town Hall from 1768 to 1954, Small said. But today, the exterior of the building is in disarray and its clapboards show serious signs of deterioration.

Last year’s warrant carried a similar warrant question that failed by only 38 votes, Small said. Selectmen said they are hoping voters will help preserve Old South Meeting House, one of the town’s most cherished historical buildings.

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In the giving spirit of the season, the Seabrook Elementary School Student Council recently visited the Seabrook Senior Citizen Group. Students came bearing gifts, sang Christmas carols, served snacks, and played cards with the seniors.

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On Dec. 26, the wrestlers from Winnacunnet High and Seabrook Middle schools will join WHS head coach Eric Laromb in holding a Warrior Wrestling Clinic from 9 a.m. to noon at the Seabrook Recreation Center, located on Route 1.

All ages are welcome at the clinic, which is open to both boys and girls. No wrestling experience is needed. The clinic is offered free of charge and will allow youth to try basic wrestling techniques. Those who attend should bring workout clothes and a water bottle.

Last year, Seabrook voters OK’d the purchase of wrestling mats for the Rec Center, toward the goal of offering another sport to town children and also helping them learn proper and safe technique.

Seabrook Middle School has a strong wrestling team which has had significant success over the past few years. The clinic can help younger children learn the sport, and enter middle school prepared with strong skills.

Recently Winnacunnet wrestlers opened their season with a decisive win against ConVal High School.

The Warriors started off the season with a 46-23 victory, attributing its success to the young lineup pulling off dominant wins, and the true grit of the WHS wrestlers of not allowing themselves to get pinned, according to Lucas Rosa, the team’s captain.

This is the first Warrior win for Larcomb.

“The kids stayed in every single match, and fought when they were up and down, they never stopped trying,” Larcomb said. “It gave me a good sense of their character; they had the drive to never give up. We have a long way to go, the technique needs improvement, but the attitude was there.”

One particular Warrior match that stood was that of freshmen wrestler Anthony Rita, who prevented himself from giving up six team points by not being pinned to the mat, Rosa said, adding Rita ended up pinning his ConVal opponent, giving the Warriors the six points.

Additional varsity wins and big points came from sophomore Ryan Boyle, junior Brendon Fortuna and freshman Mike Ellis, who also pinned their opponents, according to Rosa.

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Now’s the time to sign up for Story Times at the Seabrook Library for programs offered from Jan. 7 through Feb. 13.

Each Story Time is different. The Babygarten group will have special programs designed specifically to help them learn and enjoy themselves. Then the little ones will play while the grown-ups have coffee and tea and a little time to socialize.

The Story Time for children from 2 to 4 years of age is slightly more advanced than Babygarten, with songs and fingerplays, but picture books are introduced, as well as a small craft at the end of the session.

Story Time for children 4 to 6 years of age, allows the older children some independence if they attend alone, although adults must remain in the library, or adults may attend story time with them. They’ll enjoy a craft at the end of each story time.

There will be a different theme each week, from winter to nursery rhymes. Parents and guardians are urged to sign up so library staff can notified them in case of weather-related closings and cancellations.

Story Times hours are below:

Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. for Babygarten: ages infant to 2 year old; Wednesdays, 6 p.m., Story Time: ages 4 to 6 year old; Thursday, 3:30 p.m., Story Time: ages 2 to 4 year old.

Call 474-2044 and ask for Lisa to sign up, or e-mail lmichaud@sealib.org.

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Angeljean Chiaramida covers Seabrook for the Daily News. She can be reached at achiaramida@newburyportnews.com or at 978-961-3147.