, Newburyport, MA

April 29, 2013

Informational hearing on Town Meeting tonight

Rowley Town Notebook
Michelle Pelletier Marshall

---- — The Annual Town and Special Town Meetings will be held on Monday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the Pine Grove School on Main Street. Residents will vote on 25 articles in the annual meeting and 31 articles at the special meeting.

Selectmen will hold an Informational Public Hearing for all residents on these meetings today at 7:15 p.m. at Town Hall.


The Rowley Public Library Annual Book and Bake Sale will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a preview sale for members of the Friends of the Rowley library on Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Thousands of books, DVDs and CDs will be available at great prices, with all proceeds benefiting the needs of the library. Bring an appetite too, as there will be plenty of delicious baked goods for sale as well.

This year’s event includes a raffle for Red Sox tickets and prizes from Rowley businesses.


If you are an older driver who is wondering how to make driving more comfortable, take the time to attend CARFIT on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Council on Aging, 39 Central St. (the town annex). The event is an educational program designed by the American Society on Aging, the American Automobile Association and AARP to promote continued safe driving and mobility among older drivers by focusing on the senior driver’s placement in the vehicle.

Officer Tom Hills of the Rowley Police Department and Rowley TRIAD will be on hand to go through the 12-point checklist that is used to evaluate how a person “fits” in their individual vehicle. Items like seat belt adjustment, head restraint positioning and mirror adjustments will be discussed. Each evaluation takes approximately 15 minutes and attendees will leave with recommended vehicle adjustments and adaptations specific to their needs.


A Candidates’ Night, for residents to meet those who are running for office in the May 14 Annual Town Election, will be held on Wednesday, May 8, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Rowley Town Library.

Candidates include, but are not limited to: School Committee; Board of Selectmen; library trustees; Cemetery Commission; Water and Municipal Lighting boards; Board of Assessors and shellfish commissioner.

Each candidate will briefly present information about their professional expertise, past experience in town and how they wish to contribute to the town by taking a position in town government.

This free event is sponsored by the Friends of the Rowley Public Library.


The fourth Annual Comedy Night, hosted by Solace for Stephanie, a nonprofit organization that raises funds in the name of Rowley resident Stephanie Jenkins, will be held on Saturday at the Ipswich Country Club, starting at 8 p.m. (doors open at 6:30).

Boston-area comedian Paul Gilligan will be the feature entertainment, as will a special Trivia Challenge game. Local business Brick Computer is the sponsor of the event. Visit for more details. Tickets, which are $35 per person, will not be available at the door.


Michelle Pelletier Marshall covers Rowley for The Daily News. She can be reached at,