On the subject of the waterfront, the Newburyport Redevelopment Authority is scheduled to meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the library. One matter of business will be a presentation by the Committee for an Open Waterfront, which has featured speakers Elizabeth Heath and Lon Hachmeister. NRA members have said they would listen to alternative concepts for the 4.2 riverfront acres it owns, and this appears to be an example of that willingness.
And talking about City Hall, the only City Council ward race that is unopposed at this point is Ward 6, which is represented by longtime Council President Tom O’Brien. One race that could feature a plenitude of oratory is in Ward 2, where former councilor Chris Welch (a lawyer) will face Local Historic District proponent Jared Eigerman (a lawyer). Current holder of the Ward 2 seat is Greg Earls, who has filed papers to run for mayor and thus will be gone from the council (but perhaps not City Hall) after a decade. The preliminary election is Sept. 17 and the final municipal balloting will take place Nov. 5.
Brenda MacDonald, the owner of Hot in Hollywood Jewelry, reports that business is much brisker since she moved her shop to 29 State St. from a Pleasant Street address. Apparently there are more hot prospects next to Loretta, a fashionable bar-restaurant, than there were in her old venue, adjacent to City Hall.
Richard Simkins, longtime owner of the Grog restaurant, reports brisk business at his new RR Traders, 3 Middle St. The shop’s selection includes minerals, fossils, Southwestern art, jewelry, folk art, stoneware and leather bags. Diners can leave the Grog and take an inside door into the new shop, which replaces a secondhand bookstore.
The following meetings are scheduled for this week and are open to the public:
Newburyport Housing Authority, 5 p.m., 25 Temple St.