, Newburyport, MA

July 29, 2013

Block Party once again a great success

Newburyport Daily News

---- — 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.

Also, Pizza Factory; The Provident Bank and its volunteers, including Amanda Amirault, Matt Basque, Sue Bennett, Marie Bernier, Anne Bonaventura, Jen Brown, Roxanne Clevesy, Mark Clevesy, Gary Coltin, Sarah Corneau, Maureen Cortrupi, Kathy Donovan, Megan Ferguson, Anne Gagne, Tricia Harris, Lois Kirby, Anne Lapointe, Beverly Ledoux, Tara McCarthy, Rachel Martin, Will Pelletier, Dave Randall, Randy Rawlins and Linda Shook; Rap ‘N Tap School of Dance; Ristorante Molise; Rock Church; Rotary Club of Amesbury and its volunteers, including Jack Christian, Donna Collins and daughter Lisa Collins, Lee Ford, Eric Fournier, Dave Gingerella, Patty Ranzo, Todd Schell, Jan Sinclair, Dianne Webster, John Woelfel with daughter Brigid Woelfel, Curtis Wollitz and Sue Wollitz;

Also, RTN Federal Credit Union and volunteer Paul Devoe; Sam’s Club of Seabrook; Shaheen Bros. Inc.; StreetDelivery; Stone Ridge Properties; Stop and Shop; TD Bank; Unity on the River; WNBP Radio; and the numerous antique car owners, as well as our volunteer Block Party Committee of Donna Collins, committee chair, maintenance coordinator, Advantage Property Management; Marycarol Fowler, president, Amesbury Sports Park; Anne Gagne, assistant vice president, The Provident Bank; Kevin Jacques, vice president, Amesbury Sports Park; Andrea Bailey, branch manager, RTN Federal Credit Union; Angela Bouchard, assistant store manager, TD Bank; Peter Dearborn, foreman, Amesbury Department of Public Works; Laurie Cameron, branch office administrator, Edward Jones; and Shannon Perry, Amesbury Chamber of Commerce.

Thank you to everyone for your help in making this year’s Block Party the best yet!

Melissa Lachance

Executive director, Amesbury Chamber of Commerce