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October 29, 2012

Trick-or-treaters come calling Wednesday

Unless Hurricane Sandy interferes, trick-or-treaters will go door to door on Halloween on Wednesday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. However, police Chief Tom Fowler, said he and other area chiefs are monitoring the storm’s path. Should officials feel it could be unsafe for children to be out Wednesday night, Salisbury will issue a Code Red alert, calling residents to inform them of changes.

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Those looking for a little extra Halloween fun on Wednesday night should head to East Parish United Methodist Church in Salisbury Square. It will be open during trick or treat hours just to welcome “God’s greatest creations: Happy Children!” Rest assured, cranky children will not be turned away, according to Jan Juntunen, of East Parish.

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Salisbury will hold its flu clinic on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Colchester Room on the second floor of Town Hall, located at 5 Beach Road. All are welcome and encouraged to wear short sleeves and to bring health insurance cards.

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The Salisbury Planning Department is reopening its search for local artists who would like to create murals for the bridge abutment area on the new rail trail connector running under the Route 1 Gillis Bridge spanning the Merrimack River between Salisbury and Newburyport.

The Salisbury Rail Trail Mural Committee envisions up to 10 different pieces of artwork on a series of separate, 4-by-7-foot horizontal panels around the theme of historical and cultural Salisbury.

Possible subjects for the mural can include landscape, nature, bridge, railroad and maritime scenes, Jerry Klima said. Artists selected will work with the committee to determine final design aspects of the project.

The panels will be affixed under the Gillis Bridge on the bridge abutments, concrete structures that are about 80 feet long and 9 feet high. No artwork will be painted directly on the abutments.

Each artist chosen to create one of the panels will be awarded a $500 prize and their panels will be displayed in a show hosted by the Newburyport Art Association before they are installed.

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