, Newburyport, MA

October 10, 2012

From eye screenings to 'house' building, activities for all

Amesbury City Notebook Mac Cerullo
Newburyport Daily News

---- — Life lesson of the day: When you go away for a long weekend, always be prepared for an avalanche of email when you return.

Evidently there’s a lot going on in Amesbury this week. I’ve got an inbox full of entries to share and 700 words to share it. Let’s call this the lightning round. Ready? Let’s do this.


The Amesbury Council on Aging and the Amesbury Lions Club will be offering free eye screenings for adults through an Eye Mobile program at the Senior Center Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Specifically, the Eye Mobile will provide measurements of blood pressure, visual acuity, refractive error, eye pressure and ocular photography to detect cataracts, retinal disease and optic nerve disease.

Appointments are requested but not required, and interested patrons can call the Senior Center at 978-388-8138 to set up an appointment.


It’s not too late to register to vote. The deadline to register for November’s general election is Wednesday, Oct. 17. This is the big one, so be sure to register at City Hall if you haven’t already.

Also, in case you hadn’t heard, the November elections will be held at Amesbury High School, not City Hall, in order to accommodate what is expected to be a very high volume of voters throughout the day.


Ten local homeowners living on the Point Shore will open their doors on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the annual Point Shore House Tour. All proceeds of the event will go toward preserving Union Congregational Church, and boxed lunches and transportation will be available for participants during the tour.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at or at the Union Congregational Church and Lowell’s Boat Shop the day of the tour.


Main Street Congregational Church is planning a trip to Haiti in April to help in the construction of a 64-unit village for Haitians displaced by the 2010 hurricane.

In order to help raise money for the effort, the church will be holding a house-building party in the church’s front lawn in which locals can “buy” a cement block to help erect a temporary house like the ones that will be built in Haiti.

The party will be held at the church Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m., and it will feature live music and Flatbread pizza as well.


Despite inclement weather, hundreds of locals came out to cheer on the participants of the Fireball Run when it blazed into town on Sept. 28. City officials called the event a huge success, and to thank everyone who participated, the Chamber of Commerce will be celebrating with a big Fireball Run after party tomorrow from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The party will be hosted by the Amesbury Sports Park, and anyone interested in attending can RSVP to Karla Middler at chamber@amesburychamber,com.


Want to smash some pumpkins and not end up in the police log? The Amesbury Sports Park will be hosting the third annual Pumpkin Chucking Fest and Annual Fall Craft Fair Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The pumpkin-chucking action is scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m., so come ready to channel your inner Billy Corgan and smash some pumpkins.


She said it: “For me, watercolor is liquid music. I want color to sing on the page the way it vibrates through me emotionally,” said Amesbury High School special education teacher Louise Cramer discussing her passion for painting. A display of Cramer’s watercolors will be on display at the Plum Island Roasters in Newburyport this month, and Cramer will be available there to discuss her work on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.


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


Community Development Block Grant, 6:30 p.m., City Hall Auditorium.


Amesbury High School Council, 5:30 p.m., AHS Principal’s conference room.


Conservation Commission, 6:30 p.m., 24 Morrill Place.


Mac Cerullo covers Amesbury for The Daily News. He can be contacted at 978-462-6666, ext. 3238 or at Follow him on Twitter at @MacCerullo.