NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

February 4, 2013

Packed field for selectmen's race

Salisbury Town Notebook
Angeljean Chiaramida

---- — The first day to take out papers to run for town office in the May election proved to be a busy one Friday, with five potential challengers entering the race for two selectmen’s seats.

Freeman Condon, Ronald Laffely, Tom Saab, Harold Congdon and Paula Moore all took out papers Friday — the first day nomination papers were available — to campaign for two seats on the Board of Selectmen currently held by Ed Hunt and Jerry Klima.

Hunt and Klima had not taken out papers as of Friday, but they have until Friday, March 22, to do so.

All candidates must gather the signature of 32 registered Salisbury voters and return their papers by Tuesday, March 26, at 5 p.m. to be included on the May 14 town election ballot, Town Clerk Wilma McDonald said.

Should a candidate have a change of heart, the withdrawal deadline to be removed from the ballot is Thursday, April 11, at 5 p.m.

In addition to choosing two selectmen for the next three years, voters will elect a town moderator, also for a three-year term.

Three Triton Regional School Committee members, one each from Salisbury, Rowley and Newbury, will also be elected for three-year terms. Deborah Choate, Salisbury’s current representative to the School Committee, also picked up her candidate papers on Friday to run for re-election.

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Boaters will pay an extra $1 per foot if they keep their vessels in Salisbury waters. At the request of the Harbor Commission, selectmen at their recent meeting increased the boat fee to $4 per foot.

Officials said the additional revenue is needed to pay off the loan on the town’s pumper boat. Without the increase in revenue, due to higher expenses, the Harbor Commission was eating through its stabilization fund to accommodate the loan payment.

Salisbury’s pumper boat, The Duty Call, pumps out the septic tanks of boats in town waters, keeping the harbor clean.

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The Zoning Board of Appeals is in dire need of volunteers to serve on the board and as alternates. Three positions — one full-time member and two alternates — are open. For more information about the ZBA or to learn more about volunteering, call the town manager’s office at 978-465-2310, ext. 100.

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Selectmen approved two upcoming races in town, both of which will take place at the beach.

The third annual Frosty Knuckle 5K road race will take place on Saturday, Feb. 16, and Smuttynose Palooza 5K is set for Saturday, March 9. Both races begin and end at the beach.

For more information on the Frosty Knuckle, contact Heat Event Management at Heat.events@yahoo.com. More information on Smuttynose Palooza can be obtained by emailing arlon@locorunning.com.

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Those seeking some Valentine’s Day fun should make their reservations by Friday for the Salisbury Council on Aging’s Valentine’s Day Lunch and Comedy Show.

The event takes place on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at noon at Hilton Senior Center on Lafayette Road. Chinese food will be served as comedian David Shikes brightens the day with laughter. Tickets are $5 per person. For more information or to make a reservation, call the COA at 978-462-2412.

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Sea Spray Garden Club will hold its next meeting on Monday, Feb 11, at 7 p.m., at East Parish United Methodist Church, 8 Lafayette Road, Salisbury.

This is the club’s annual potluck supper and Yankee swap of small, but lovely, floral arrangements. It is a great opportunity for potential members to meet fellow gardeners and have an enjoyable evening.

Anyone interested in attending should call 978-388-4848 for more information.

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The Salisbury Chamber of Commerce will hold a pizza party for its February dinner meeting on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 6 p.m. at Leo’s Superbowl, 84 Haverhill Road (Route 110), Amesbury.

The event will be a chance for members to meet, mingle and network. Admission is free to members. Reservations are requested by Feb. 16 by calling the chamber at 978-465-3581.

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