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Opinion

July 29, 2013

Block Party once again a great success

To the editor:

Please accept this letter to thank everyone involved in making the 15th Annual Amesbury Chamber of Commerce Block Party a success. We’re very grateful that so many die-hard Block Party fans joined us on Thursday, June 27, on Main Street, despite the rain. The weather didn’t seem to dampen any spirits or stop people from partaking of great food, drink and fun. In fact, your support helped us raise over $7,000 for the beautification of downtown Amesbury, which was more than we took in at last year’s event! Thank you for coming out in the rain!

The hard work of dozens of volunteers and contributions from dozens of sponsors also played a huge part in the Block Party’s success. Though the Chamber is proud to host the event every year, we couldn’t have done it without the help of these generous people, community-oriented businesses and helpful organizations: Align Credit Union; Allison Heartquist, executive assistant to Mayor Kezer; Amesbury Building Inspector Denis Nadeau; Amesbury City Councilors Robert Gilday, Anne Ferguson, James Kelcourse, Derek Kimball, Robert Lavoie, Donna McClure, Joseph McMilleon, Allen Neale, Christian Scorzoni; Amesbury Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; Amesbury Chamber of Commerce interns Michael Corrigan and Jane Grogan; Amesbury Department of Public Works; Amesbury Fire Department; Amesbury Health Inspector Jack Morris; Amesbury Lions Club volunteers, including Joni Baptiste, Randy Baptiste, fire Chief Jon Brickett, John Buswell, Vin DeMore, Ron Gagnon, Juliann Sherrill and Matt Sherrill, John Veilleux and Marie Veilleux; Amesbury Police Department and retired Chief Mark Gagnon; Amesbury Public Library; Amesbury Sports Park; Barking Dog/Ale House; Bart Bailey; Best Foot Forward; Cameron Office Products; Carriage Barn.

Also, Cherry Bomb; Cider Hill Farm; City of Amesbury and Mayor Thatcher W. Kezer III; Coca-Cola; Crave: Wine, Kitchen, Tap; Evolvement Radio; Flatbread Company; Greenery Designs and owner/volunteer Terrence Gleason; Gould Insurance and its volunteers, including Sandra Poulin, Shelley Toland and Jessica Walker; Gold Leaf Fine Jewelry; Healey, Deshaies, Gagliardi & Woelfel PC; Holy Family Parish; Jack and Lorraine Sanborn; Jon P. Mooer’s Artist Gallery and Studio; Lake Gardner Improvement Association; Lucy’s Love Bus; Main Street Congregational Church’s Reverend Joan Macpherson and Stacy Lamson; Merrimack Valley Distributing Co.; Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank and its volunteers, including Susan Ballard, Catherine Batchelder, Alyssa Esposito, Amanda Esposito, Timothy Felter, Sandy F. Licciardo and Connie McCollum; Nunan Florist & Greenhouses; Our Neighbors’ Table; Ovedia Artisan Chocolates; Papa Gino’s; Phat Cats.

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