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July 9, 2013

Fireworks causes dune grass fire

Local firefighters had to put out a brush fire along Atlantic Avenue on the 4th of July.

According to firefighters, the illegal use of fireworks by children caused the fire that took firefighters about half an hour to extinguish on a very hot summer day.

Police chief Tom Fowler also warns that in Massachusetts, fireworks and their use is illegal.


Each year, The Pettengill House comes to the aid of local families by providing backpacks filled with school supplies for children. Last year, thanks to the generosity of many donors in the region, provided 435 such backpacks to children whose families are undergoing financial distress, bringing its eight-year total up to 3,417.

This year is no different, as Pettengill House begins its 9th annual Operation Backpack program. And along with school backpacks, supplies for students in grades pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 are needed an include binders, book covers, calculators, composition notebooks, construction paper, crayons, dividers, erasers, flash drives, folders, glue, highlighters, index cards, loose-leaf paper, markers, notebooks, paper clips, pencils, pencil cases and sharpeners, pens, protractors, rulers, scissors, sticky notes, etc.

Gift Certificates and monetary donations are also very welcome. All donations are tax deductible.

Checks can be made payable to The Pettengill House, Inc. with Operation Backpack written in the memo line.

In Salisbury, items can be brought to The Pettengill House, located at 13 Lafayette Road (across from East Parish Church).

Other Salisbury drop-off sites include: Annaros’s Bakery, 175 Elm Street; the Boys & Girls Club, 18 Maple St.; the Institution for Savings, 7 Bridge Road; Latitude Sports Clubs, 191 Elm Street; Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, Cross Roads Plaza; Tom’s Discount Store, 171 Elm St.

For more information, or a list of drop-off sites in other communities, contact Avery Dwyer, at or call 978-463-8801.


The upcoming The Pettengill Cup Charity Golf Tournament taking place on Monday, July 29, at Ipswich Country Club, will benefit Pettengill House, the region’s social service agency headquartered in Salisbury.

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