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August 19, 2013

In Newburyport, parking questions resurface


So there seems to be a Larger Plan when it comes to the hotel-parking garage project.


The Waterfront Trust is becoming increasingly impatient with “slack-liners” in the riverside park.

These are teens who drape a line between trees (or a buoy and tree), and walk a tightrope a few feet above the lawn.

Charlie Nichols, park manager, has complained of refuse and debris left by young people, and damage to trees. Waterfront Trust chairman Doug Locy has talked of having signs made to direct the teens to the other side of the park.

“We had fun, too, when we were young, but it was in front of Taffy’s,” Trust member Joe Brown recently remarked.


On other topics, Dick Sullivan Jr. is calling for a debate among the three candidates running for mayor in the Sept. 17 primary. And Jared Eigerman, running for the Ward 2 councilor position, has also urged city organizations to come forward to host a discussion of the issues.

City councilors took no action last week on a motion to name harbormaster Paul Hogg as shellfish constable. It would come with an annual stipend of $2,500. State law requires that coastal communities retain such a supervisor so it does appear that this measure will have to retrieved from committee at some point.


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


School Committee, 7:30 p.m., high school, 241 High St.


Finance Subcommittee of the Whole School committee, 4 p.m., 70 Low St.

Conservation Commission, 6:30 p.m., police station conference room, 4 Green St.


Board of Water Commissioners, 5:30 p.m., 16A Perry Way

Newburyport Redevelopment Authority, 7 p.m., City Hall auditorium

Planning Board, 7 p.m., City Council Chambers, City Hall


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


Dyke Hendrickson covers Newburyport for The Daily News. He can be reached at 978-462-6666, ext. 3226 or at

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