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May 21, 2013

12 teachers receive Excellence Award

Twelve Amesbury teachers received the Teaching Excellence Award yesterday afternoon at the annual Excellence in Education Luncheon held at Flatbread Pizza.

This year’s award winners were Kristie Colton, MaryEllen Uhlarik and Cristin Chabot at the Amesbury Elementary School, Victoria Fitzpatrick, Dawn Pelletier and Kelly Flynn at the Cashman School, Karen Brannelly, Ernest Bissaillon, Joe Costello and Cathy Mamakos at the middle school and Mark Casto and April Rivers-Blake at the high school.

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The Lakes and Waterways Commission, which works to maintain the city’s lakes, rivers, ponds and waterways, is currently looking for new members, and residents who might be interested in serving on the commission are encouraged to apply.

The commission meets once a month for an hour or two, usually on the fourth Thursday of each month. Commission chairman Bruce Georgian said no technical knowledge is required, only an interest in preserving the well being and best use of the city’s abundant bodies of water.

Residents interested in applying can pick up an application at City Hall, or they can contact Georgian at bmgeorgian@hotmail.com.

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The city budget hearings will continue this week as the councilors discuss the Amesbury Schools and Whittier Regional Technical High School budgets along with the budget for the mayor’s office and for the city’s legal services at their next scheduled meeting on Thursday. The hearings are open to the public and will begin at 7 p.m. at the City Hall Auditorium.

The second day of hearings follows yesterday’s opening session, when the councilors met with numerous department heads presenting the budgets for the assessor’s office, Landry Stadium, the employee benefits budget and about a dozen others.

The full hearing schedule is available on the city’s website.

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Over the next week the Amesbury Police Department will be participating in a nationwide Click it or Ticket seatbelt enforcement initiative intended to crack down on motorists who aren’t buckled up, particularly over the busy Memorial Day weekend.

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