Flatbread fundraiser to benefit Belleville Roots Music

Belleville Roots Music will hold a fundraiser on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at Flatbread Pizza Company in Amesbury between 5 and 9 p.m. Purchase any pizza to eat in or take out, and Flatbread will donate a portion of that purchase to Belleville Roots. Raffle tickets are also available. Local acoustic blues musician Paul Prue will provide musical entertainment from 6:30 to 7p.m.

All proceeds from the event will be used to support Belleville Roots Music’s efforts to bring high-quality roots music to the greater Newburyport area and to provide funding to maintain and restore Belleville Church’s historical buildings. 

Flatbread Pizza is located at 5 Market Square, Amesbury. Call 978-834-9800 for takeout orders or to place name on the restaurant’s seating list.

Souper Saturday on Feb. 28

Hopefully, the weather will allow the Emma Andrews Library, 77 Purchase St., to offer Souper Saturday on Feb. 28 at 77 Purchase St. from noon until the soups are gone.

A corn and rice with smoked sausage chowder, a turkey chili, a vegan African peanut soup and a chicken and rice soup donated by Port City Sandwich will be served. Also included will be delicious breads and fantastic desserts.

A $5 donation will be greatly appreciated, as the monies collected are use to fund the children’s programs.

Senior citizen dinner

The Elks Lodge will hold a free turkey dinner for seniors on Feb. 22 from noon to 2 p.m. at the hall on Low Street.

Pettengill program is focus of Local Poverty Matters

What happens when a sudden financial crisis threatens to make a local family homeless?

Think medical illness, car breakdown, job loss, family breakup, etc. The good news is that The Pettengill House has come up with a “Family Stabilization and Emergency Assistance Program” partly funded by a grant from Pennies for Poverty, to help deal with this situation. 

On Wednesday, March 4, at 7 p.m. in the basement classroom of the First Religious Society, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport, Tiffany Nigro, the assistant executive director of Pettengill House of Salisbury and Amesbury, will describe this new initiative.

Local Poverty Matters is jointly sponsored by the Social Action Committee of FRS and by Pennies for Poverty, a local nonprofit dedicated to alleviating poverty in the area. The program is free and open to the public.

Low Vision Support Group meeting

Low Vision Support Group meetings, sponsored by the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind has openings available for vision impaired citizens from Amesbury and Newburyport. The group meets the second Tuesday of each month at the Newburyport COA offices at 40 Water Street. Transportation is available. Call the Council on Aging to register at 978-462-8650.

Story hours at Emma Andrews Library

Story hours at Emma Andrews Library, 77 Purchase St., are as follows:

Toddler Group: Monday. 9:30-10:30 a.m., 18-36 months

3-to 4-year-olds, Wednesday, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

4- to 5-year-olds, Wednesday,1:30-2:30 p.m.

3- to 6-year-olds, Saturday, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Visit the website, www.emmaandrewslibrary.org, and follow on Facebook.

Full-day kindergarten and preschool registration deadline

Newburyport Public Schools full-day kindergarten and preschool registration deadline is Feb. 13. Contact the Early Childhood Office at the Bresnahan School, 333 High St., or call 978-465-4435, ext. 3125.

Flu shots available from health department

The Newburyport Health Department would like to remind all residents that flu season is upon us and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) encourages all of those over the age of 6 months to receive an influenza vaccine this season if they have not done so already. Vaccination has many benefits including reductions in illness, related doctor’s visits, and missed work or school. While most of the viruses circulating this season differ from those in the vaccine, vaccination can still provide protection and might reduce severe outcomes such as hospitalization. 

Newburyport residents who have not already received their influenza vaccine may call the Health Department at 978-465-4410 to schedule an appointment to receive their immunization at no charge.

Retired Readers Club

The Council on Aging Retired Readers book club meets at the Newburyport Public Library on State Street on the second Wednesday of each month at 1:45 p.m. in the first floor Director’s Room. The group meets for an hour.

Tween program at Emma Andrews

The Emma Andrews Library & Community Center runs a free ‘Tween group for girls in grades 5 to 7 who are ages 11 and 12. The group will meet every other Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. Participants will complete arts and crafts projects, including bracelet-making, using Sculpey clay and painting with watercolors. Olivia Shea, an art-loving junior at Newburyport High School, runs the program.

Call or stop by the library at 77 Purchase St. to sign up or for more information.

COA partners with ‘Recycle That’

The Friends of the Newburyport Council on Aging has signed a new agreement to collect books, CDs and DVDs with “Recycle That,” the firm that recently bought “Got Books?,” which the group had been using.

The gray box will be replaced by a blue-green container at Cushing Park, corner of Kent and Congress streets. Donations should be placed inside the box and not left sitting next to it.

Proceeds from the contributions benefit programs of the local Council on Aging and provide a revenue stream for the Friends. 

Expanded recycling program benefits library

The Friends of the Newburyport Public Library announces an expanded recycling fundraising program. The Friends of the Newburyport Public Library has successfully raised hundreds of dollars for much-needed programs and services by recycling cellphones that no longer work properly or are needed.

The collection continues and has expanded to include iPads and iPods. Every item turned in for recycling earns something for the Friends and all parts are recycled regardless of age or condition.

The group earns up to $30 per phone and up to $100 per smartphone depending upon condition.

The Friends have partnered with GRC Wireless Recycling (www.grcrecycling.com), the largest grass-roots cellphone recycler in the United States. 

The cellphone/iPod collection “drop box” is in the lobby of the library, 94 State St. Leave donated iPads with the library staff at the Circulation Desk for proper handling.

‘Gloves for Love’ winter gear drive

The nonprofit organization Patriots for American Veterans is holding a “Gloves for Love” winter clothing drive for area veterans. Needed items include gloves, scarves, hats and sweaters. All donations will be distributed to the New England Center for Homeless Veterans, VA hospitals and local veterans agents.

Collection boxes are set up at Port City Sandwich, Newburyport Five Cents Savings bank branches, Newburyport City Hall, Newbury Town Hall, Amesbury City Hall, Coastal Customs, 193 Elm St., Salisbury, and PNK Sales, 61 Bridge St. Salisbury.

Monetary donations can be sent to PAVO, 11 Doe Run Drive, Newburyport 01950. Checks can be made payable to PAVO.

PAVO looking for members

The nonprofit organization Patriots for American Veterans is looking for members. The all-volunteer group meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Port City Sandwich Co., 40R Merrimac St., Newburyport. All are welcome. 

Library’s Teen Loft reopens

The Newburyport Public Library Teen Loft is expanding. The library was awarded a federal LSTA grant for a project titled “The Inbetweeners: Serving Newburyport’s Teens and Tweens.” Additional funding was provided by the Institution for Savings and the Five Cents Savings Bank.

One of the project’s key goals was to revamp the library’s teen space, the Teen Loft, to create a more welcoming and practical environment for teen patrons. The new space offers additional tables and chairs for group and individual study and relaxation, a programming space and an area for snacking. A mural, painted by the National Art Honor Society at the high school, has been added to the area, as well.

 March 1 deadline on pesticide exclusion

The Northeast Massachusetts Mosquito Control (NEMMC) and Wetland Management District has notified the Board of Health and city clerk that residents wishing to have their properties excluded from pesticide application must submit their requests in accordance with Mass State Law 333, CMR 13:00. The law requires that requests be made by certified letter to the city clerk by March 1 and must include name, address and telephone number (if any) of the person requesting the exclusion, the address of the property to be excluded, and a description of the types of pesticide application programs for which exclusion is requested.

Designation for exclusion may be made prior to March 1 of each year and shall be effective from April 1 of that year through March 31 of the following year. A template Request for Exclusion form can be found on the city’s website at cityofnewburyport.com.

Any questions related to the Mosquito Control Program, citywide application of pesticides or excluding a property from pesticide application should be directed to NEMMC and Wetland Management District at 978-463-6631.

COA plans trips

The following new COA trips are planned for 2015. 

<\z14>March 10: Tony Kenny’s Irish Cabaret at Venus de Milo, Swansea. Direct from Dublin, an amazing Irish celebration with song, comedy and Irish dancers. Dinner choice of corned beef and cabbage or baked schrod; $89 per person. 

<\zf”Times”>April 21: Neil Sedaka at Mohegan Sun. Includes premium seating for concert; $30 casino gaming/meal package; early signup/payment required for the ticketed event. $99 per person due by Feb. 13.

<\z14>May 16: Chocolate, Wine and Lobster. Tour one of N.H.’s best chocolate makers, with plenty of samples; visit N.H. winery, learn how a small winery makes and bottles wines; enjoy a lobster lunch at a local area restaurant; after lunch visit Zorvino Vineyards for a tour and tasting, learn how wine enhances the taste of food with a wine and food pairing demo; $89 per person. 

<\z14>May 24-28: Spotlight on San Antonio. Highlights include Mission San Jose, The Alamo, LBJ Ranch, Mayan Dude Ranch, Paseo del Rio Cruise. Five days (six meals), includes round-trip air and transportation to/from airport. $1,799 per person double; $2,099 single; $250 deposit due on signup payable to Collette Tours. Contact COA for brochure.

<\z14>Sept. 2-8: Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island: Seven days (10 meals). Overnight ferry from Portsmouth to Yarmouth. Highlights include Lunenburg, Peggy’s Cove, Halifax, PEI, New Brunswick and duty-Free shopping. $1,637 per person double, $2,217 single.

All are welcome to join COA tours; for further information, contact Newburyport COA, 978-462-8650, or Amesbury COA, 978-388-8138.

 Golden Agers welcomes new members

The Golden Agers is a social group which meet on the first and third Wednesday of every month at the Elks Club, 25 Low Street in Newburyport between 1 and 3 p.m. Become a member for $5/year. All persons 55 or older are welcome to join the club. Come for the entertainment, the coffee and doughnuts or just come to meet both old and new friends. Call president Jeanne Thomas with questions at 978-465-8647.

YWCA Kids Night Out 

Every second Friday through the month of June, the YWCA is giving parents a chance to relax and enjoy a night out or in through the Kids Night Out program. Youth Services staff will lead the program, which includes an hour of swim, as well as activities like Wii competitions, dancing and karaoke jam sessions, and refreshments.

Full payment must be presented to the YWCA membership desk (at 13 Market St.) to reserve a space for your child. Reservations are accepted right up to the time of the program, but space is limited, so early reservations are recommended. Cost for members is $25, and $30 for non-members. Siblings get a $5 discount. Program is for students in grades 1-5. 

Things to remember: The entire group attends a one-hour open swim in the indoor swimming pool. There is always at least one staff person in the pool swimming with the children, plus a lifeguard on duty at all times. Children are expected to follow YWCA pool rules. Non-swimming participants will be required to use a flotation device. 

What to bring: Bathing suit, towel, goggles, sleeping bag/blanket, pillow and favorite pajamas. 

To contact the YWCA, call 978-465-9922, or go to www.ywcanewburyport.org.



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