News in Brief

News in Brief #791

The Newburyport Golden Agers will hold their monthly business meeting on Sept. 3 at 1 p.m. at the Elks Club on Low Street. After the business meeting there will be an Ice Cream Smorgasbord. The cost will be $3 and the money will be collected at the ice cream table. 

At the Social Meeting on Sept. 17,  there will be coffee and doughnuts followed by the entertainment provided by the The Hesters, a couple who sing (Tony and Laurie). All are welcome to attend any meeting. For further information, call Jeanne Thomas 978-465-8647. 

Adopting dogs will visit The Black Dog General Store on Water Street on Sunday, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The store is partnering with One Tail at a Time. 

The Newburyport Salvation Army is in need of a few people to pick up and deliver bread between 8 and 9 on Friday, Saturday or Sunday mornings. One person is needed each morning to pick up the bread at a local market and then deliver to a couple of places. We need people who can do this on an ongoing basis. Call Donna at 978-465-0883 or come by at 9 any Monday-Friday morning and check in with Duncan in the kitchen.

Able-bodied men are needed to help in the food pantry at The Salvation Army. This opportunity does require lifting. One person is needed every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and another is needed every Thursday from 3 to 6:30 p.m. If interested, call Donna at 978-465-0883, ext. 12.

Registration for Newburyport Adult Outdoor Recreation is now open and has spaces available. Programs include private pilot ground school, sailing lessons, guided nature and historic walks, fitness classes, race training, yoga, and volleyball. A portion of each registration fee goes directly to supporting care of the parks. For more information visit, email or call 978-465-4462.

The Newburyport High School Class of 1959 invitations to their 55th reunion are in the mail. The big affair will be held on Sept. 20 at the Seaglass Pavillion at Salisbury Beach.

Planning is being spearheaded by the committee of George Ayles, Richard Doyle, Mary Fordham, Gretchen Grasso, Janet Kalashian, Bill MacDonald, Jim Moghab, Joyce Orfant, Jay Murray, Marilyn Reardon and Bill Reynolds.

Deadline for reservations is September. Further information may be obtained by calling Richard Doyle at 603-926-0648.

Newburyport High School Class of 1974 will be holding its 40th Class Reunion on Saturday, Sept. 20, on the deck at Stripers Grill, 175 Bridge Road in Salisbury. For more information and to register, go to the Newburyport High School Class of 1974 on Facebook or by email at The committee is looking for the following classmates: Jodi Bennett Nicholson, Donna Daigle Hannan, Valerie Pamula Charmanski, Diane Kubik Crain, Donna Peletier, Gail Stevens Urzi, Anthonly Holbrook, Peter Quinn, Jonathan Peabody, Rita Heron.

The Disabled American Veterans Post 40 holds a monthly meeting at the Elks on Low Street in Newburyport every third Thursday at noon. All disabled veterans are invited.

Pennies for Poverty has published an updated directory of volunteer opportunities in the Greater Newburyport area. The directory lists 40 organizations — from community service to cultural and environmental organizations — that rely on volunteers and actively seek volunteer support. 

You can find the directory on the Pennies website at, or request a copy by emailing

Encouraging volunteering is an important component of Pennies’ mission to reduce poverty and alleviate its devastating impact on individuals and families in the Greater Newburyport area.

The City of Newburyport’s Commission on Disabilities is currently recruiting new members. The commission is searching for individuals with disabilities or individuals with family members who have a disability. The commission meets at 6 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month in the police station conference room. The meetings last no longer than an hour.

For more information, contact the city’s ADA coordinator by calling City Hall or email

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.

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 (, 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.

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.

The Newburyport Salvation Army is looking for a volunteer to pick up bread every Monday morning at 8:15 a.m. at local supermarkets and deliver it by 9 a.m. to the Salvation Army. A volunteer is also needed for this task every other Wednesday. If interested, call Donna at 978-465-0883, ext.12.

The Newburyport Leos Club is currently accepting used prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses to be recycled for the needy worldwide. Glasses can be brought to the main office of Newburyport High School, 241 High St. during regular business hours. This drive will be ongoing throughout the school year. The Leos club is affiliated with the Lions, an organization with more than 1.3 million members all over the world. The Leos is a youth club open to students in grades 7 to 12. All Newburyport students in public or private schools are welcome to join. Contact Leos Club adviser, Kathy Heywood at 978-930-4850 or

The Newburyport Salvation Army still has some funding available for first-month rent, one-month back rent or one month of utilities. If you need assistance call Donna at 978-465-0883,  ext. 12 for an appointment to apply. The application process is not difficult, but applicants will need to provide documentation of income and expenses along with identification and other things that may be applicable.

Sept. 2-7: Canadian Island of Coudres and Quebec Tour; includes transportation; five nights lodging and 11 meals; guided tour of Quebec City, Casino de Charlevoix, St. Anne de Beaupre Shrine and more!  $679 per person double occupancy, $879 single occupancy. Still some seats left. Valid Passport required.

Sept. 17: New England goes Country at Danversport Yacht Club; featuring Jimmy Lehoux and Nicole Frenchette; enjoy some of your country favorites as well as new songs performed by up and coming country artists. Includes transportation, lunch and show. $79 per person.

Sept.  27: Lighthouse Cruise and Waterfire, Providence, R.I.; includes narrated 90-minute, 10 lighthouse cruise on Narragansett Bay; dinner at Ardino’s Restaurant with choice of eggplant Parmesan, chicken Francaise or broiled scrod. At dusk watch as 120 cauldrons are lit and floated down the river; Providence’s fabulous Waterfire Display. $94 per person.

The COA contracts with group travel specialists to provide lively, entertaining and interesting trips for all.  Contact Newburyport COA, 978-462-8650, or Amesbury COA, 978-388-8138, for details.

The Newburyport Council on Aging Garden Club is planning to meet on Sept. 15 at 11:30 a.m. in the conference room at 63 State St., Newburyport. Interested gardeners are welcome to attend. The 2015 garden at the new Senior Center will be discussed. A guest speaker will attend from Dodge’s Agway and Garden Center.

Newburyport High School Class of 1964 will be celebrating its 50th reunion the weekend of Sept. 19 and 20. If anyone knows the whereabouts of the following classmates, call Wilma R. (Cunningham) Buckley at 978-465-8296:

Orin R. Burbier Jr., Wayne R. Corson, Donna L. Davis-Donahue, Dorothy L. Downer-Root, Ruth I. Fowler, William Golden, Suzanne L. Hardy-Abbott, Judith L. Jackman-Woodward, Michael T. McCullough, Linda J. Moran-Bestiny, Suzanne M. Poulin, Geoffrey T. Roche, Sally A. Salter-Garinto.

Since 2003, the Newburyport waterfront has been home to a Peace Garden, established to honor those who have lost their lives in Iraq. The garden was created and by a local chapter of the national organization WAND (Women’s Action for New Directions). Originally maintained by members of the organization, in recent years the garden has been tended by volunteer gardeners from the community.

Volunteers work together in the garden as part of a team. They receive notice of gardening times by email once or twice a month during the growing season. Gardening times are weather dependent and usually last about 2 hours.

Those interested are asked to contact Joanna Hammond at 978-388-3230.

The Newburyport High School Class of 1969 reunion will be held on Oct. 18 at Ould Newbury Golf Club in Newbury. A golf scramble will begin at 1 p.m, followed by a cocktail hour and dinner, beginning at 6.

Admission is $45 per person, with an optional extra fee to play golf.

For more information or to register, call Patti White Marsh at 978-363-2251.

Wednesday lunch, 11 a.m. to noon and Thursday dinner at 5 p.m. continues as usual except when a snow emergency. Bread rack open to all every Monday-Friday at 10 a.m. Yoga on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. continues. Food Pantry continues every Monday and Wednesday, 1 to 4 p.m., and Thursday, 1 to 6 p.m.; please bring your own bags. New series prayer group entitled Praying Always on Thursdays at 3:30 p.m., followed by dinner. All are welcome. 

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.

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. 

A volunteer is needed to help with offering free haircuts at the Newburyport Salvation Army.  They are in need of one more barbers or hairdressers to help with the free haircut program. Help is needed from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., one Wednesday per month. If you are interested and able to help, call Donna at 978-465-0883.

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge is looking for volunteers to help staff the information desk at its Visitor Center at 6 Plum Island Turnpike in Newburyport. The Visitor Center is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shifts generally run from two to three hours, but any amount of volunteer time is appreciated.

People who are flexible with their schedule and can be used on an on-call basis are encouraged to inquire. The opportunity is especially ideal for those who enjoy meeting new people as well as anyone with physical limitations, given the work is done indoors and is sedentary in nature. Training and supervision will be provided by refuge staff. Interested individuals should call Jean Adams at the refuge at 978-465-5753, ext. 208.

The Newburyport Council on Aging is hosting a meeting of the Mass. Senior Action Council on Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. at 40 Water St. A new chapter is being formed in the city and new members are welcome to attend.

Temperatures are dipping and fall is in the air, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end. The YWCA’s Fall I Swim program kicks off the first week of September (Sept. 2-Oct. 25), and general registration is now open. 

Classes are offered for infants and toddlers, swimming with their parents, and for preschoolers, school-aged children and adults looking to improve their stroke or get in the pool for the first time. Fees for the eight-week session are $104 for members and $136 for non-members. Older children looking for a pre-swim team experience should inquire at the front desk about the YWCA Junior Breakers program. For more information or to register, call 978-465-YWCA, or go to

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