After about 5 1/2 months of construction, the new CVS Pharmacy at 5 Macy St. is finished and open for business.
The new store is located about a quarter-mile down the street from the previous CVS at 194 Main St., which has closed down and relocated into the new building.
The new store was built next to a new, three-story residential/commercial structure at the intersection of Route 110 and Main Street, and both buildings were designed to mimic the Colonial and Victorian-era look of the surrounding neighborhood.
Construction began in late July on the former site of Amesbury House of Pizza and the Whistling Kettle restaurants. Both of those buildings, along with several others, were torn down to make way for the new development. Though the permitting process was bogged down by numerous delays, the actual construction proceeded with few setbacks.
There were some mishaps late in the summer though, notably when a dump truck got entangled with some overhanging wires, nearly pulling down a nearby utility pole. Nobody was hurt in that incident, and because the pole fell toward the construction site and not toward the road, there were no major traffic disruptions.
The Amesbury Middle School Parent Advisory Group will be putting on two big fundraisers in the next couple weeks.
On Friday, March 1, the group will be holding the ninth annual AMS Idol Quest at 7 p.m. in the school’s Performing Arts Center, and on Wednesday, March 6, it will host a fundraising dinner at the 99 restaurant in Seabrook.
AMS Idol Quest is an annual tradition where students and teachers perform live on stage. According to @text1_r:Dee Cote@text1_r:, the advisory group’s president, past shows have included appearances by such “celebrity” acts as KISS, Lady Ga Ga and the Goo Goo Dolls.
Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults and will be sold during school lunch on Feb. 27 and 28.
As for the 99 restaurant fundraiser, supporters can present a fundraising voucher so that 15 percent of the bill can be donated to the AMS Parent Advisory Group. Residents can contact Cote at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
A Christian Schools Information Night is planned for Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. at All Saints Anglican Church. Representatives from numerous Christian schools and a home school association will be on hand to talk about their schools and answer questions from parents interested in finding out if Christian school or home schooling is right for their children.
The meeting, which will take place in the lower church hall, will include representatives from the Portsmouth, Boxford, Bradford and Covenant Christian Academies and from the Classical Conversations Home Schooling Group.
For residents interested in learning more about law enforcement, the Amesbury Police Department is accepting applications for its Citizen Police Academy, which will be offered Wednesday nights from April 3 to May 22.
The eight-week program is designed to familiarize participants with different aspects of law enforcement and provide insight into the criminal justice system and how the police department conducts its business. Topics will include crime scene processing, evidence collection, accident reconstruction, K-9 training and more.
Residents can apply at the Amesbury police station on School Street or online via the city’s website. The cost of the program is $25 ($20 for senior citizens or students); the application deadline is March 8.
There are only 20 spots available, and applicants will be required to submit to a standard records check. Any questions should be directed to officer @text1_r:Thomas Hanshaw@text1_r: at 978-388-1217.
This week is school vacation week, so there isn’t a lot going on in terms of school or government activity. The following meeting is scheduled for next week and is open to the public.
Planning Board, 7 p.m., City Hall Auditorium, Friend Street
Mac Cerullo covers Amesbury for The Daily News. He can be reached at 978-462-6666, ext. 3238 or by email at email@example.com. Follow Mac on Twitter at @MacCerullo.