, Newburyport, MA

April 9, 2013

Newburyport news in brief

Newburyport Daily News

---- — Electronic recycling drop-off tomorrow

Need to get rid of your old electronics? The Newburyport eRecycle Project is promoting electronic waste disposal services by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Anything with a cord will be accepted as electronics. Note that some items will be charged a small fee. Wednesday, April 10, 9 a.m. to noon at Recycle Center, One Crow Lane. For more information, contact

The Beacon Coalition meets tomorrow

The Beacon Coalition will hold their quarterly meeting Wednesday, April 10, at the Kelley School Youth Center. The meeting will begin at 4 p.m. Upcoming events and projects will be discussed, along with a special discussion about K-2/Spice, which is a legal synthetic drug sold in Newburyport. The Beacon Coalition is Newburyport’s collaborative effort to support and strengthen protective factors (assets) in youth. Any questions or concerns, contact the project coordinator Michael Uttley at 978-465-4434 or via e-mail at

NRTA Spring Luncheon

The May 22 21st semi-annual Newburyport Retired Teachers Association Luncheon invitations have been sent to all members. The Starboard Galley on Water Street will be the place for the semi-annual gathering. Reservations will be accepted until May 13 by Loretta Stafford.

GOP committee meeting Thursday

The Newburyport City Committee’s April Meeting will be held Thursday, April 11, at 7 p.m. at the Starboard Galley, Water Street. The meeting will begin with a brief business meeting followed by the movie, “I Want Your Money,” which is part of the ongoing Conservative Film Series. All area conservatives are encouraged to attend. For more information, go to

Daughters of Isabella scholarship

Two $500 scholarships will be presented to two Catholic students (boy or girl) who will be graduating from the 12th grade, public or private, who reside in the greater Newburyport area, who have been accepted at any school of higher education. Preference will be given to the child or grandchild of a member of the Daughters of Isabella. Applications may be secured by contacting Judith Kennedy at 978-465-5042. Application deadline is April 12.

Family Care Fair at Salvation Army

Family Care Fair and open house Friday, April 19, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Salvation Army, 40 Water St. All are welcome. Free gifts, lunch, one hour of child care while parents and grandparents peruse the many tables with information that all working families need to know. Everything from Girl Scouts to food stamps to Anna Jaques Hospital to the public library and everything in between. There will be a popcorn machine, face painting and other things for the kids. Also free haircuts and a free gently used boutique.

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

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 or call 978-465-6928.