NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

February 8, 2013

Candidates' Night set for Feb. 21

Seabrook Town Notebook
Angeljean Chiaramida

---- — With six candidates running for a single seat on the Board of Selectmen, voters should mark their calendars for 7 p.m. on Feb. 21, when Candidates’ Night will be broadcast over the town’s access channel 22.

Candidates for all town, Seabrook School and Winnacunnet Cooperative School districts are invited to the annual event, which allows candidates to speak to voters directly through the televised forum.

This spring’s election will be on Tuesday, March 12, and the polls at Seabrook Community/Recreation Center will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Registered voters are reminded to bring a photo ID with them to the polls.

Those who have not yet registered to vote may do so at the town clerk’s office at Town Hall or at the polls on Election Day. Proof of age and residency is required, as well a a photo ID.

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Another day to save is Thursday, March 7, when local police will host a discussion on drug abuse and narcotics awareness at Seabrook Public Library.

On hand to answer questions will be a local pharmacist, according to police Chief Lee Bitomske, as well as others.

“This is a great way to meet face-to-face with residents, help inform them on what’s taking place in our community and address their concerns and answer their questions,” Bitomske said.

The goal of the event is to curtail drug-related crimes that have haunted Seabrook for years, while increasing local understanding about substance abuse issues and building a team spirit to fight the problem within the community, he said.

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Seabrook police recently reinstated the simple assault charges against former sewer supervisor Warner Knowles. Knowles, 67, of Pickens Avenue, is alleged to have assaulted a sewer department employee in April 2010.

The original charges brought against Knowles initially were withdrawn in July because the victim could not be present for the trial. At the time, Seabrook police prosecutor Detective Scott Mendes said he’d refile the charges with the victim returned to the area if he wanted to go forward with them.

According to court documents, Knowles is charged with knowingly causing unprivileged physical contact with the victim in April 2012, by grabbing his throat and pushing him up against a wall.

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Angeljean Chiaramida covers Seabrook for the Daily News. She can be reached at 978-462-6666, ext. 3271, or at achiaramida@newburyportnews.com.