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May 4, 2009

City wins 'Silver' designation from state biotech council

Newburyport City Notebook

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.

The crux of the issue is what to do with the parking lots on either side of Market Landing Park: Some say parking must remain to support downtown commerce, and others say more green space must be created.

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The Chamber of Commerce's 43rd annual Meeting Luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, May 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The keynote speaker is Martha Coakley, attorney general of Massachusetts.

The meeting will be held at the Georgetown Country Club.

Admission is $50 for member, and $75 for non-members.

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The Summer Adventure program is now open for the Boys and Girls Club of Lower Merrimack Valley. The program runs the entire summer, starting Monday, June 22 through Friday, Aug. 28 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day for ages 6 to 16.

There are five sessions each running for two weeks.

The first session begins June 22 to July 3, with Session II July 6-17. The next session is from July-20 to July 31. The fourth session is Aug. 3-12 and the final session is Aug. 17-28. Each session costs $240. There is a one-time registration fee of $40 and includes a T-shirt plus. If a child is not a member, they must join; membership is $15 annually. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.

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The following meetings have been scheduled and are open to the public:

Monday

Senior Center Building Committee, 8 a.m., City Hall Council Chambers

Moseley Woods committee, 6:30 p.m., Institution for Savings

School Committee, 6:30 p.m., Newburyport High Room 118

Tuesday

Diversity and Tolerance Commission, 3 p.m., police station conference room

Conservation Commission, 7 p.m., City Hall Council Chambers

Wednesday

Library Board of Directors, 5:15 p.m., library

Planning Board, 7 p.m., City Hall auditorium

License Commission, 7 p.m., police station conference room

Historical Commission, 7:30 p.m., City Hall Council Chambers

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Katie Farrell covers Newburyport for The Daily News. She can be reached at 978-462-6666, ext. 3232, or by e-mail at kfarrell@newburyportnews.com.