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February 5, 2014

Last day to apply for City Council, Planning Board seats

Amesbury City Notebook
Mac Cerullo

---- — Today is the last day applications will be accepted for the vacant District 2 City Council and Planning Board seats. Last-minute candidates should file a letter of intent and a resume with the city clerk by noon today.

Anyone who is a registered voter living in Amesbury is eligible for the Planning Board seat, while anyone who is a registered voter living within District 2 can apply for the council seat. Both seats are for terms set to expire on Dec. 31, 2015.

There are currently two applicants for the District 2 council seat. One is Mary Louise Bartley, who unsuccessfully campaigned for the seat as a write-in candidate this past fall, and the other is Kevin Shute, son of former fire Chief Bill Shute. Both candidates are political newcomers and have never held public office.

As for the Planning Board, the only applicant at this time is Robert LaPlante of 60 Merrimac St.

Once the application deadline has passed, the two government bodies will review the pool of applicants and ultimately make a selection at the start of a joint meeting on Feb. 11.

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Due to the impending snowstorm, the “Heart to Heart” event scheduled for today at Amesbury Chevrolet has been postponed to tomorrow at 2 p.m.

The “Heart to Heart” project is being organized by Rosemary Werner, the director of Best Foot Forward, and the project’s goal is to collect and send 5,000 letters to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

Over the past month, residents of all ages have been encouraged to write notes of encouragement to injured veterans for Valentine’s Day. Cards could be dropped off at City Hall, the Amesbury Public Library and at every school and church in town, and this past Sunday the letters were collected.

Tomorrow, the letters will be sorted, scanned and eventually bundled up to be shipped to Maryland, where Werner said they’d be collected by Rep. John Tierney’s staffers and ultimately delivered to the veterans at the hospital.

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Some sad news out of downtown this week, as Lisa McNulty, who runs The Fashion Bus Stop on Friend Street, announced that she is closing the store due to an ongoing illness.

“It is with great sadness that due to illness I am forced to close The Fashion Bus Stop,” McNulty wrote in a Facebook post announcing the closure. “Thank you to everyone who supported both me and the store. It was a pleasure getting to know each and every one of you.”

The Fashion Bus Stop has been a popular destination downtown since it opened nearly two years ago, and prior to that McNulty operated her fashion and accessory business out of an actual bus. Upon making the announcement, more than 50 friends, customers and fellow downtown business owners reached out to wish her well, and McNulty said she hopes to get better so she can continue to do what she loves.

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The following meetings are scheduled this week and are open to the public:

Thursday

School Committee Policy Subcommittee, 8 a.m., Amesbury High School, Superintendent’s Office.

Mayor Ken Gray’s office hour, 11 a.m., DPW Office, 39 South Hunt Road, Conference Room.

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Mac Cerullo covers Amesbury for The Daily News. He can be reached at 978-961-3150 or by email at mcerullo@newburyportnews.com. Follow Mac on Twitter at @MacCerullo.