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March 18, 2013

Newburyport News in Brief


Newburyport Daily News

---- — Youth triathlon team forms

Newburyport Youth Services is organizing a youth triathlon team whose members will be training to compete individually and in teams at the Dam Tri in Amesbury this summer. Other competitive events will be scheduled for open water swimming, running and cycling. Sean McCarthy and Andrew Soracco, both experienced coach/athletes, will provide the training re gimen. The team has already secured sponsorship from Riverside Cycles, Greater Boston Running Co., CW Keller Associates and Port Racing.

The team, which is open to ages 13 and up, will focus on the long-term benefits of endurance training and a healthy lifestyle. An information night is set for Wednesday, March 27, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Kelley School Youth Center on High Street. It is open to interested athletes, coach/training volunteers and sponsors. Call Newburyport Youth Services at 978-465-4434 with any questions.

Salvation Army seeking volunteer hairdressers

The Salvation Army in Newburyport is seeking two more volunteers to provide free haircuts for adults and children on Friday, April 19, from noon to 4 p.m. The service will be provided to all area families at the agency’s Care Fair and Open House. Anyone interested in volunteering should call Donna at 978-465-0883, ext. 12.

Eco Games at Joppa Flats Center

Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center at One Plum Island Turnpike in Newburyport will be swimming with family fun about the sea on Sunday, March 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Eco Games Free-for-All is a full day of activities centered around ocean creatures, from whales to sea turtles, and ocean topics, from shorebird protection to sea level rise. Participants will learn about ocean sustainability and conservation efforts on the coast with fun, informative activities like fishing simulations, solar boat model building and art projects. The free event for all ages and will be held rain or shine.

For more information, call the center at 978-462-9998 or visit www.massaudubon.org/joppaflats.

Salvation Army seeking volunteer hairdressers

The Salvation Army in Newburyport is seeking two more volunteers to provide free haircuts for adults and children on Friday, April 19, from noon to 4 p.m. The service will be provided to all area families at the agency’s Care Fair and Open House. Anyone interested in volunteering should call Donna at 978-465-0883, ext. 12.

Donate children’s clothing, baby gear

Community Giving Tree’s blue minivan will be collecting gently used children’s clothing and baby goods at Cushing Playground on Kent Street on the third Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon. Future dates include April 20 and May 18.

The public is encouraged to bring clean, high-quality used clothing, crib bedding, bouncy seats, safety gates, baby monitors and anything else needed to raise a child. Toys are not being collected at this time.

Community Giving Tree partners with social service agencies throughout Essex County to distribute donations to local children in need. For more information about Community Giving Tree, a complete list of items being collected and local collection dates, visit www.communitygivingtree.org.

Bingo Night for NHS class of 2013

A Bingo Night will be held Saturday, April 6, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at Nicholson Hall, 9 Harrison St., to benefit the Newburyport High School Senior Class Safe Night Celebration. Tickets are on sale now at Amesbury Skate & Sport Shop, 77 Macy St, Amesbury. The $20 donation includes 16 Bingo game cards. Wine, beer and hors d’oeurves will be served, and prizes from local restaurants and stores will be awarded.

Make Way for Molly fundraiser May 18

The fifth annual Make Way for Molly Pan Massachusetts Challenge fundraiser featuring dinner, dancing, silent auction and raffles will be held Saturday, May 18, from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Elks Lodge on Low Street in Newburyport. This is the seventh year the Make Way for Molly team has ridden in the Pan-Mass Challenge and the fourth year the Barlow family of Newburyport’s niece, Molly Callahan, has been cancer free. Callahan, who was diagnosed with leukemia at age 10, will be graduating from high school this year and will be going on to college to study nursing, hoping to someday work on the same floor at Children’s Hospital in Boston where she herself was treated.

All the money raised by the Make Way for Molly team is given to a pediatric fund at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to assist children afflicted with cancer and their families. Since 2007, the Make Way for Molly team has raised $463,483, with the group exceeding its $12,000 goal last year by more than $5,000. Mike, Sam and Jake Barlow have once again committed to riding in the Pan-Mass Challenge this year in honor of Callahan and others they know who have been diagnosed with or lost to cancer, and hope to raise another $10,000.

Tickets for the fundraiser are $20 for adults. They are available in advance or at the door. For more, email Barlowcarpentry@msn.com or call 978-465-6928.

Daily News seeks freelancers

The Daily News is seeking correspondents to assist in coverage of Newburyport schools and community stories. Applicants should have a background in journalism, be able to report and write quickly and accurately, and be available for occasional evening assignments. Applicants should send their resume and clips to editor John Macone at jmacone@newburyportnews.com

`Back to the Bean’ supper at Masonic Lodge

Bethany Masonic Lodge at 31 Green St. continues its “Back to the Bean” theme dinner series on Saturday, April 6, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The dinner will include ham, hot dogs, three kinds of beans, potato salad, coleslaw, garden salad, brown bread, rolls, drinks and desserts. The theme dish for April is spaghetti and meatballs. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children. If the Bruins win against the Devils on Thursday, April 4, then kids eat free.