Last year, on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, hundreds of people turned out to run in and enjoy the Timmy Trot 5K road race in memory of fallen Salisbury Fire Lt. Timmy Oliveira. Even Mother Nature co-operated with bright sunshine and warm temperatures, as hundreds of spectators and runners showed up to enjoy the event.
This year, friends and family of Oliveira are again organizing the race for Saturday, Nov. 24, so both professional and amateur runners can burn off all the calories they consumed on Turkey Day while working for a great cause. This year all the proceeds from the race and its raffles will go to the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts ( http://www.biama.org).
There’s a special race for children which begins at 10 a.m., with the 5K race following at 11 a.m. Both races leave and end at — where else — the Salisbury Fire Station, the place Oliveira called his second home for more than 20 years.
This year two raffle prizes are available: autographed, framed pictures of both Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and another of Bruin Tyler Seguin. Each have a retail value of $400, but one $5 raffle ticket could bring either home, or $20 will get you five chances at winning. Tickets can be had at email@example.com or by showing up for a great day of fun and community spirit on Nov. 24.
Businesses interested in sponsoring this even or in donating may contact sponsors at the above email address, also.
To learn more about the race or to sign up, go to http://www.timmytrot5k.com/.
With AMR emergency medical service leaving town soon, Town Manager Neil Harrington has interviewed three companies seeking to take over ambulance services for Salisbury, namely, Cataldo, Action and Trinity.
Harrington is checking references and putting together a transition plan for a new provider. His goal, he said, is to have a proposed contract for selectmen to sign by their meeting on Nov. 19.
The Council on Aging will host a gift basket-making event at noon on Wednesday at the Hilton Senior Center in town. Those who drop by will fill gift baskets to be auctioned off for Santa’s Helper Campaign and at the COA’s holiday luncheon.
Those who would like to contribute items such as gift certificates, lottery tickets or other items for the baskets should drop off their donations before Wednesday.
For more information, call 978-462-2412.
Salisbury Youth Flag Football will be holding its second annual Coach’s Flag Football Tournament for Pettengill House beginning at 9 a.m. on Nov. 17 at Memorial Field in Salisbury. Last year, the event raised more than $1,400, plus filled a car with canned good for Pettengill’s Food Pantry.
Admission is $3 per adult, with kids attending for free if parents bring food for donations. All profits from the day will go to The Pettengill House, and the coaches are also accepting sponsorships from local businesses. For $100 a company gets its name on the coach-player’s shirts and a listing on the website www.syffl.com.
Capri Seaside Italian Grille is offering a free pasta entrée to veterans and active duty military personnel. The offer is valid for one Pasta Night Entrée, which includes salad and bread, on Wednesdays Nov. 14, 21 and 29 only. Tax, gratuity and beverages are not included.
To be eligible, those who participate must bring a U.S. military ID, Veterans Affairs Card or discharge documents to the restaurant, located on Salisbury Beach.
The Capolupo family, which owns the Capri and whose father was a Navy veteran, want to acknowledge the service provided by local men and women who are or have served in the military.
“We appreciate the courage, dedication and sacrifice of all active and retired military personnel,” said Wayne Capolupo.
Annual Salisbury Town Reports for fiscal years 2009 and 2010 have been completed recently and are available at town clerk’s office at Town Hall. According to Town Manager Neil Harrington, reports for fiscal years 2011 and 2012 should be completed in the first quarter of calendar year 2013, bringing the town up to date.
On Nov. 25, the Salisbury Historical Society, will offer its Annual Holiday Open House at 4 p.m.
The town’s annual Holiday Tree Lighting will follow at 6 p.m., complete with caroling and a visit from Santa Claus.
Angeljean Chiaramida covers Salisbury for The Daily News. She can be reached at 978-462-6666, ext. 3251 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.