The Amesbury Beat: Updates on Amesbury skate park fundraiser

Well, after a few weeks of retirement, I’m actually back on The Amesbury Beat as a special correspondent this week. As I mentioned prior to my “last” column, I would be filling in here and there, since I’m still helping out as a special officer with APD. In fact, some of you may have even caught up with me doing traffic duty over the last few weeks in Amesbury and Salisbury as road crews have been busy in the area. I am enjoying my retirement and once again wanted to say thanks to everyone who sent along well wishes over the past six weeks. My department email account is still active, so feel free to contact me at thomash@amesburyma.gov

I told Lt. Donovan when he took over the reigns of the column I would be available, as I’m still involved in a few community projects and always looking to share information. One of the efforts is the renovation of the skate park on Friend Street, which was named after my late nephew, Brian Eldredge. We hosted a successful kick off in May and have been working on the plans for the project over the summer. I am excited to announce another benefit, which is happening at the Blue Ocean Music Hall on Thursday, Oct. 17. Comedian and actor Jimmy Dunn will be headlining a comedy show, which promises to be a great evening of entertainment. Jimmy has performed at many prestigious comedy events and appeared on television shows like Letterman, Conan and the McCarthys. He will be joined by one of Boston’s hottest comedians, Lamont Price, who was recently named “Boston’s Best Comedian” by Boston Magazine. Lamont can be seen regularly on his NBC Boston Channel 10 web series. Also scheduled to appear will be Dave Rattigan, Andrew Della Volpe and Amesbury’s own Mark Gallagher. For more information, contact Donna Eldredge at 978-821-4084.

The show starts at 8 p.m. on Oct. 17 but the fun begins when doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $25 and available through Ticketmaster or at the Blue Ocean box office. The night will surely be entertaining, so get your tickets to support a great cause before they sell out. In addition to the laughs, food and beverages will be available for purchase by guests and I believe we’ll have a few raffle items too. The committee would like to thank the staff at the Blue Ocean Music Hall and Scamps Comedy Production for their support with the Brian Eldredge Memorial Skate Park Project.

A few weeks ago, a very special announcement was made concerning the fight against cancer locally. For many years, The Relay For Life of Amesbury was a community staple, raising more than $1 million for cancer patient services and research. After the American Cancer Society decided to support larger relays, the local committee began looking for new ways to continue our efforts. During the search, we were introduced to the North of Boston Cancer Resource, which was seeking to expand their services locally as well. Currently they provide a website, which is full of complementary healing therapies, mind-body practices, support programs, services and much more. Go to www.NBCancerResource.org or follow them on Facebook to learn more about the local services available to people living with cancer.

In the upcoming months, you’ll be hearing much more about the organization, which recently received non-profit 501c status. Committee and board members hope to be able to provide more information and services locally, especially given the number of people dealing with cancer. It’s exciting to be a part of the group and we want cancer patients to know they are not alone.

Lastly, as the new school year begins, we receive inquiries about Trick or Treat. In fact, last week I stopped by Vermettes Market and noticed the shelves full of Halloween candy as I entered. Several years ago, Police Chief Cronin decided to keep Trick or Treat on Oct. 31 each year; in Amesbury children should plan to be canvassing neighborhoods between 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday Oct. 31. Times may vary slightly in neighboring communities and some towns observe trick or treat on another day, so check with your local police department or watch The Daily News in the upcoming weeks. Thanks for reading and please continue to follow the Amesbury Beat as officers share information with the community in the weeks ahead.

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