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July 16, 2013

Relay for Life teams hold fundraisers

Amesbury City Notebook
Mac Cerullo

---- — The Amesbury Relay for Life is coming up soon, and fundraising efforts are beginning to pick up.

The Police Department team, led by crime prevention officer Tom Hanshaw, is always one of the more active teams in any given year, and over the next couple of weeks the police will be holding two major fundraisers to help raise money for cancer research.

First, the police will be teaming up with the Twin Lanterns Dairy Bar on Route 150 in Kensington, N.H., for the 10th annual Cones for a Cure event, which is set to run this Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

A portion of the proceeds from all sales throughout the day will be donated to the American Cancer Society; and in addition to food and ice cream, guests will also be able to enter a drawing for various prizes too, Hanshaw said.

Then on the following Tuesday, recently retired police Chief Mark Gagnon will be throwing out the first pitch for the Lowell Spinners as part of the team’s Amesbury Night, when a portion of every ticket sold by the police will benefit the American Cancer Society. The game is scheduled for July 23 at 7:05 p.m., and tickets are $10 each, with $2 of every ticket sold going to benefit the cancer society. Hanshaw said the seats are located in Section 106 behind the Spinners dugout, and residents interested in attending should get their tickets as soon as possible.

To buy tickets, contact Hanshaw at the police station at 978-388-1217 or by email at


Tonight the Amesbury City Council’s Ordinance Committee will convene to discuss the merits of four measures that would designate a series of industrial buildings along Water Street and Chestnut Street as part of a new Lower Millyard and Carriage Hill Urban Park priority development site.

The four measures combined would establish the new district and amend the city’s zoning regulations to allow for more flexibility in the use of the parcels, which city officials hope will encourage redevelopment in the area.

The committee will also discuss whether the council should accept two Quitclaim deeds, one on Lions Mouth Road and the other on Quimby Lane.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the City Hall Auditorium.


The Whittier Home Association’s first old-fashioned tea party of the summer is coming up Thursday at 2 p.m. in Whittier’s Victorian Garden.

The event will be the first of two such tea parties this year, with the second coming up on Thursday, Aug. 15. In case of inclement weather, the rain date for this week’s tea will be on Friday.

The party is set to run from 2 to 4 p.m. and the menu will include hot and cold teas, lemonade and an assortment of sandwiches, pastries and light classical music. Patrons will also be offered free tours of the Whittier Home Museum, both during the tea and afterward.

In addition to the tea parties, the Whittier Home Museum also has its Tapestry of Voices event on Sunday, Aug. 11, in the garden as well. Whittier enthusiasts are invited for an afternoon of poetry with the Boston-based Tapestry of Voices.

Refreshments will be served following the event, and the program is free, though donations are welcome. For more information regarding either the tea parties or the poetry reading, contact the museum at 978-388-1337.


The Amesbury Department of Public Works has announced that it will be holding a collection event for residents to dispose of prescription drugs, clean clothing, shoes, one-use disposable bags, mercury and Styrofoam free of charge.

The event will take place at the DPW’s new offices at 39 South Hunt Road on Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Residents are being urged to start saving up their disposables now so the items can be recycled and kept out of a landfill or an incinerator. Paper shredding services will also be provided.

For more information, contact Laurie Pierce at 978-388-8116.


The following meetings are scheduled this week and are open to the public:


City Council Ordinance Committee, 7 p.m., City Hall Auditorium


Board of Assessors, 5:15 p.m., City Hall Auditorium


Fire Department Conference, 8 a.m., Amesbury High School Auditorium


Planning Board, 7 p.m., City Hall Auditorium


Mac Cerullo covers Amesbury for The Daily News. He can be reached at 978-462-6666, ext. 3238 or by email at

Follow Mac on Twitter at @MacCerullo.