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November 16, 2012

Recount today in District 37 race

The 136-vote margin that elected Hampton Falls Democrat Elaine Ahearn to the seat for state House District 37 was too close for her opponent Republican candidate Sharleene Hurst. The Hampton Republican requested and was granted a recount, which should take place today in Concord at 1 p.m. at the Statehouse.

Rockingham District 37 is a floating district that represents Seabrook, Hampton Falls and Hampton. Ahearn earned the win with a 6,751 to 6,615 lead, with Seabrook picking her over Hurst by a narrow 4-vote margin. But she won Hampton by considerably more, 4,465 to 4,040

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With the election nearly over and the holiday season upon us, there are a number of important dates to save.

Seabrook’s annual Christmas tree lighting will take place on Saturday, Nov. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Town Hall, located at the southern end of Route 1.

The event is always a great opportunity for kids of all ages to sing carols, share the holiday spirit and enjoy holiday refreshments across the street at Trinity Church Parish House. And of course, it will be the first Seabrook sighting of that jolly old elf, Santa Claus, who has promised to attend.

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Earlier on Saturday, Nov. 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Seabrook firefighters will be collecting new, unwrapped toys and donations for their annual toy drive in the parking lot outside Walmart. The names of specific gifts needed for the more than 200 local children helped will be found on the tags on the holiday giving tree inside the store.

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A reminder: The selectmen’s meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 21, has been canceled due to the holiday.

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

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