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December 31, 2012

Taking stock of 2012

Waterfront, preservation at forefront in Port

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Erosion stimulated homeowners in Newbury to seek permission to “scrape” (aggregate) sand in front of their residences to hold back high tides. Engineers from the U.S. Corps of Army Engineers gave permission for such action to be taken near the Annapolis Way section of Newbury. But last week, several homes there came under seige during a surprise nor’easter and emergency efforts to stem the erosion along Plum Island are once again under way.

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Summer is always a memorable period here, and in August, Newburyport was named a Coast Guard City. This initiative was headed by Mayor Donna Holaday, in conjunction with flag officers of the maritime service. One goal of the effort was to raise the city’s visibility as a center of history — and promote tourism.

In the summer of 2012, the weather was warm and sunny. Waterfront veterans say it was one of the best boating and fishing seasons in many years.

One special treat for ocean lovers was the July visit of the HMS Bounty, a tall ship that hosted several thousand visitors for educational tours.

In one of the most heartbreaking events of autumn, the replica ship sank with the loss of its captain during Superstorm Sandy.

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On election day in 2012, one local political race energized many residents: the bid of City Councilor Kathleen O’Connor Ives for state Senate.

Running as a Democrat, she defeated a half-dozen rivals and will assume her seat on Beacon Hill on Wednesday. The City Council is currently reviewing applicants to replace her.

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City voters also approved the concept of medical marijuana here, and officials have begun reviewing the statute to determine whether a dispensary would be appropriate for this community.

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