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January 28, 2014

Summer recreation program includes new offerings

Amesbury City Notebook
Mac Cerullo

---- — The Amesbury Youth Services department has announced its 2014 Summer Recreation Program lineup, which includes more than a dozen new offerings on top of the programs returning from last year.

In addition, the city’s popular preschool, park and “tween” programs are also being offered to families who don’t live in Amesbury for the first time. Out-of-town families will have to pay a small fee, and registration will be open exclusively for Amesbury residents for the first month before families from outside can sign up.

The new programs being offered for the first time this year are a beginner and intermediate skateboarding class, martial arts, field hockey, flag football, T-ball, a “Run 4 Fun” cross-country program, gymnastics, Jedi Engineering using Legos, Engineering Fundamentals with Legos, an Amphibious Vehicle and Row Boat workshop, Travel with Harry Potter on a Magical Science Tour, “Wicked Cool Vet School,” TV Production with Amesbury Cable Television and a “Tween Swim Club” that will include water polo, swim games and relays.

Returning programs include the Summer Theater Arts Recreation (STAR) program for students in grades 5 to 9, as well as the Shooting STAR program for younger children in grades 1 to 4. There will also be sports programs for basketball, soccer, archery, golf and tennis, and also a “multisports” program in which participants will be exposed to sports like cricket, pilo-polo, bocce, badminton, Frisbee and more.

For a full list of programs, dates, times, fees and other info, contact Youth Recreation director Kathy Crowley at 978-388-8137 or visit the Youth Programs page on the city’s website. Brochures containing all registration information will be mailed out to Amesbury homes on March 11.

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The Finance Committee meets tonight to discuss three recently introduced pieces of legislation, including a zoning amendment that would regulate the placement of medical marijuana dispensaries, an order to accept a $64,306 grant for the Senior Center, and an ordinance creating a local licensing requirement for all prospective medical marijuana cultivation facilities.

The meeting will be held in the City Hall auditorium and is scheduled for 7 p.m. The committee is expected to issue its recommendation on each item, which will then be forwarded to the City Council for a final vote on Feb. 11.

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Mayor Ken Gray will be holding evening office hours this week to accommodate residents who are unavailable during regular business hours.

This week’s session will take place on Thursday night from 6 to 7 in the mayor’s office at City Hall. During that time, Gray will make himself available to any resident who wants to meet with him and share their thoughts.

Any resident who can’t attend during regular business hours and also can’t make it to the Thursday night session is encouraged to contact Gray’s office at 978-388-8121 to schedule an appointment.

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The Senior Center is seeking donors to participate in an upcoming blood drive in support of the American Red Cross. The drive will take place on March 3 in the Senior Center’s Great Room from 2 to 7 p.m., and all residents are encouraged to donate if they can.

To schedule an appointment, contact the Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org.

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

Tonight

City Council Finance Committee, 7 p.m., City Hall auditorium

Thursday

Board of Assessors, 5:15 p.m., City Hall auditorium

Monday

Conservation Commission, 6:30 p.m., City Hall auditorium

Historical Commission, 7 p.m., Building Department, 9 School St.

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Mac Cerullo covers Amesbury for The Daily News. He can be reached at 978-961-3150 or by email at mcerullo@newburyportnews.com. Follow Mac on Twitter at @MacCerullo.