, Newburyport, MA

March 18, 2013

Field of five vying for two selectmen's seats

Salisbury Town Notebook
Angeljean Chiaramida

---- — Five candidates returned completed nomination papers by Friday’s deadline to run for seats on the Board of Selectmen, according to Town Clerk Wilma McDonald. The candidates are incumbent Ed Hunt, Freeman Condon, Ron Laffely, Paula Moore and Tom Saab.

Current Selectman Jerry Klima has opted against running for re-election, and instead is one of two candidates seeking the position of town moderator. The other candidate is Ronalee Ray-Parrott, daughter of longtime Moderator Ronald Ray, who is not running this year.

Deborah Choate also returned papers in a bid to retain her seat as Salisbury’s representative on the Triton Regional School Committee.

Registered voters will have two opportunities to meet the candidates for town office and School Committee. The town will hold a Candidates Night on Monday, April 15, at 7 p.m. in Town Hall. The event will be broadcast live on the town’s local cable station.

The Salisbury Chamber of Commerce will also hold a Candidates Nights on Thursday, April 18, at 6 p.m. at Splash, located on Broadway in Salisbury Beach Center.


The Easter Bunny is paying a special visit to Salisbury to hide eggs for the upcoming Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 23, at Salisbury Elementary School.

The popular event for children ages 2 to 8 is run by the town’s Parks and Recreation Commission It features music and dancing, an appearance by Violet the clown and a hunt for prizes as well as eggs.

The egg hunt begins at 9:45 a.m. for children 2 through 5 and 10:15 a.m. for kids 6 through 8.

Don’t be late and don’t forget to bring baskets.


The Friends of the Salisbury Public Library invite residents to join them for a Kids’ Day Open House and children’s book sale on Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Salisbury Public Library.

Kids can sign up for a library card (with valid photo ID of a parent or guardian), and learn more about the children’s programs. There will also be a chance to visit the Children’s Room and meet Joan Cox, the children’s librarian.

Families are invited to drop by and check out a book or DVD, pick up a museum pass brochure or just get an idea of the resources the library offers to the young people of the community.


A Rabies Vaccination and Microchip Clinic sponsored by the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society will be held Saturday, March 23, from 9 a.m. to noon at Tom’s Discount at 175 Elm St. The clinic offers rabies shots for $5 per dog or cat and microchip insertion at $20 per pet.


The Salisbury Assisted Living Center is offering entertainment this month in its Piano Cabaret Lounge. Jason Weber is performing Thursday, March 21, and Rob Dionne is at the keys on Monday, March 25. Show times are at 1 p.m. For more information, call 978-463-9809.


Alternative housing options for senior citizens will be the topic of a discussion on Wednesday, March 27, at noon at the Hilton Center on Lafayette Road. The seminar is presented by the Salisbury Council on Aging. Reservations can be made by calling 978-462-2412.


Angeljean Chiaramida covers Salisbury for The Daily News. She can be reached at or at 978-462-6666, ext. 3271.