Although Mayor Thatcher Kezer still remains mum on whether he will run for re-election later this year, he is holding coffee chats with the public. In the past the mayor has held similar open forum coffee chats around town as a way to encourage the public to become comfortable approaching him.

"I did these chats when I was first running for mayor at the Hippie Chick cafe. It's really important for me because it gives me a pulse of what is going on in the community," Kezer said.

On Saturday the mayor will be at Plum Island Roasters from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. As for running for re-election, the mayor said right now he has no announcements.

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The first round of curb-side leaf and grass pick-up will be Saturday, April 18. They should be bagged in leaf bags, available at local stores. All limbs and twigs over 1 inch in diameter or 1 foot in length and loose piles of leaves and grass clippings will not be picked up.

The town's compost facility is now open for yard waste disposal, which includes grass, leaves and brush. The facility is open Thursdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed Sundays through Wednesdays and all major holidays.

To purchase a compost sticker, contact the Department of Public Works at 978-388-8116. Stickers cost $15 for residents, $250 for residents with commercial vehicles, $1,000 for non-residents and are free for seniors 65 years and older.

Special arrangement letters are available for town property owners who do not live in the city or residents using vehicles not registered in Amesbury. The letter is $25 and can be used twice at the facility.

Stickers are not sold at the compost facility and must be purchased through the DPW office. To purchase a sticker residents must present registration and valid Amesbury address. For leased vehicle residents must present the registration and a valid driver's license.

For information regarding curb-side leaf and grass pick-up, contact the Department of Public Works at 978-388-8116 or visit www.amesburyma.gov.

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Amesbury veterans are instructed to contact Kristen LaRue, the town's veterans' agent, with any questions regarding aid available to veterans through the President's Recovery Plan. To be eligible for the one-time $250 payment, VA beneficiaries must have received compensation, pension, dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC), or spina bifida benefits at any time between November 2008 and January 2009.

Beneficiaries will receive the tax-free payment the same way they receive their VA benefits. Payments will begin around early June.

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Dog licenses are past due and there will now be a late fee of $5 for each dog and $10 for kennels. Licensing will now cost $15 for all spayed/neutered dogs; $20 for male or female dogs that are not spayed/neutered; $40 for kennels with four or fewer dogs; $70 for kennels with fewer than 10 dogs; $130 for kennels with more than 10 dogs.

For further information contact the town clerk's office at 978-388-8100.

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The town clerk's office is still waiting on 1,700 residents to mail in Census forms. State law requires all forms be completed and returned by mail to the office, 62 Friend St.

Failure to return the form will result in a removal from the town's Active Voter List. The information is used for establishing residency, for tuition at state colleges, elderly housing and veterans benefits.

Those who did not receive a form or have a question regarding the process should call the clerk's office at 978-388-8100.

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By mid-April the Council of Aging transportation service will be offered through the Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority. A presentation of the services will be offered Monday, April 13, 9 a.m. at the Senior Center. Guest speaker Jaymi McKallagat and Jaimee Bellissimo from the MVRTA will discuss the new services.

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A thank-you breakfast will be held for two part-time Council on Aging van drivers on Friday at 8:30 a.m. Visit the Senior Center for a free breakfast of eggs, sausage, bacon, fruit, pastries and coffee. Call 978-388-8138 by Wednesday to register.

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Coffee with the Cops will be held on Wednesday, 9 a.m. Officer Tom Hanshaw will educate seniors on home repair fraud. Call 978-388-8138 by today to register.

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Twenty-five students and volunteers from Saab's East Coast Martial Arts participated in the Kick-and-Crunch-A-Thon for 15 minutes. The event helped raise $2,700 for St. Jude's Hospital.

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Our Neighbors' Table and the Amesbury Police Department will host their second Sexual Offender Awareness Workshop Monday, April 27, from 8:30 to 11 a.m., in the Community Room at the Newburyport 5 Cents Savings Bank, 43 Main St.

The workshop is focused toward employees and volunteers of agencies in the Merrimack Valley who participate in meals programs and food pantries.

To sign-up for the program contact Our Neighbors' Table at 978-388-1907 or e-mail ourneighborstable@verizon.net.

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After the December ice storm, the Woodland Nature Trail located behind the Amesbury Elementary School is in need of some clean-up help. The trail, which is used regularly by Amesbury students, is almost impassable right now.

Oan Saturday, volunteers from AES are looking for help clearing out fallen branches and debris. Those who would like to help clear the trail should meet in the AES parking lot at 8 a.m.

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The Amesbury Downtown Business Association is searching for vendors for their annual Summer Bazaar. This year's bazaar will be held Saturday, June 27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Millyard. Applications are being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve a spot, contact Deb Pagley at 978-388-9600.

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The following meetings are scheduled for the upcoming week. Check Town Hall for changes.

Monday

Conservation Committee, 6:30 p.m., Amesbury Town Hall auditorium

Tuesday

Municipal Council, 7 p.m., Amesbury Town Hall auditorium

Wednesday

Design Review Committee, 5:15 p.m., Cultural Center

Thursday

Board of Health, 6:30 p.m., Amesbury Health Center Carriage Room

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Sabrina Cardin covers the town of Amesbury for the Daily News. She can be reached at 978-462-6666 x.3254 or by e-mail at scardin@newburyportnews.com.