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May 4, 2009

City wins 'Silver' designation from state biotech council

Newburyport was awarded the "Silver" status from the Mass Biotech Council last Thursday, City Planner Sean Sullivan announced.

Sullivan accepted the award on behalf of the city during a ceremony in Cambridge.

"This designation means that the city is open to biotech companies and offers municipal utilities such as sewer and water that are critical for biotech companies to operate," Sullivan wrote in an e-mail. "Newburyport's industrial park offers a terrific opportunity for biotech-related companies to locate.

"Biotech companies conduct research to cure diseases and help improve the lives of sick people. The city is pleased to have received this distinction," he concluded.

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The Division 2 State Champion Newburyport High School Hockey Team and coach Paul Yameen visited the Statehouse last week where they were honored by state legislators.

State Rep. Michael Costello and state Sen. Steven Baddour hosted the hockey team, which won Newburyport's first Division 2 state championship.

"The team has made us very proud," Costello said in a statement. "During the tournament, as they kept winning games, people around the Statehouse would come up to me and talk to me about how good the Newburyport hockey team was. This was a great opportunity to honor their accomplishments."

The team toured the House and Senate Chambers and was introduced to representatives by Speaker Robert DeLeo.

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Mayor John Moak said last week he has several people in mind for who he will appoint to the Redevelopment Authority. Nat Norton is resigning due to new work commitments, Moak said.

The NRA is in the process of working toward a final design for the park on the central waterfront. Their proposals include adding amenities like a seasonal ice rink, a tot lot, formal and small performance areas, a historic interpretive plaza and eateries.

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