Support the Nation’s Largest Single-Day Food Drive-May 10th US Postal Service Food Drive

On Saturday, May 10, 2014, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) in Partnership with the U.S. Postal Service, Campbell Soup, Feeding America and other partners asks you to help ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ in your local area. Now in its 22nd year, the annual food drive has grown from a regional to a national effort that provides assistance to the millions of Americans struggling to put food on the table.

Currently, 49 million Americans—1 in 6—are unsure where their next meal is coming from. Sixteen million are children who feel hunger’s impact on their overall health and ability to perform in school. And nearly 5 million seniors over age 60 are food insecure, with many who live on fixed incomes often too embarrassed to ask for help. Too many people are still going to bed hungry and many of our carriers see this on a daily basis. For over two decades they have taken the lead to stamp out this unnecessary problem.

In 2013, 74 million pounds of food was collected by Postal carriers nationally, feeding an estimated 30 million people. The goal is to surpass last year’s total of 74 million pounds and come as close as possible to 80 million pounds. Over the course of the 21-year history, the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive has collected well over one billion pounds of food.

The food drive’s timing is crucial. Food banks and pantries often receive the majority of their donations during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons. By springtime, many pantries are depleted, entering the summer low on supplies at a time when many school breakfast and lunch programs are not available to children in need.

Just leave a non-perishable food donation in a bag by the mailbox on Saturday, May 10, and the Postal carrier will do the rest. It’s that simple and millions of Americans will be helped.

Learn more about the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive and Feeding America today! Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

Newburyport Spring Fest Sunday & Monday May 25th & 26

Join us in Newburyport, MA on Memorial Day Weekend 2014 at Spring Fest Monday May 25th and May 26th 10AM – 5PM.Celebrate the season in downtown Newburyport! Enjoy great live music, art, fine crafts and food from Newburyport’s best restaurants.

Sunday – Kids Entertainment from 10:30 AM – 11:30 Am in Market Squre with Lindsay and Her Puppet Pals. Live Music in Market Square by Oncoming Traffic Blues from 1Pm – 4PM.

Monday – Kids Entertainment from 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM in Market Square with Brian Doser. Live Music in Market Square by The Bridge Band from 1PM – 4PM.

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Newburyport Farmer’s Market Season Opens

We are celebrating The Newburyport Farmers’ Market 6th season. On Sundays, we welcome new and old vendors with their amazingn products.
Every Sunday from 9AM – 1PM at the Tannery; 50 Water Street, Newburyport, MA – Rain or Shine.

Fruit & Veggies farmed locally.
Savories and sweet goodies.
Artisans hand made crafts.
Visit for more information.

Come out and support your local farmers and eat fresh!

Visit for your New England Seacoast Beach Information this summer.

nnual Newburyport Literary Festival opens April 25

By Bruce Menin Posted Apr. 19, 2014 @ 8:40 am NEWBURYPORTThe ninth annual Newburyport Literary Festival, housed in a wide variety of venues and featuring writers, readers, critics and fans of literature for an entire weekend, is set to kick off on Friday, April 25.The opening event for this dynamic and creative festival is a public dialogue featuring authors Andre Dubus III and Ann Hood discussing “The Creative Mind of the Writer at the Firehouse.”The festival closes on Sunday afternoon, April 27, as it has for nine years, with Newburyport and area residents reading their favorite poems on the stage of the Firehouse.The Favorite Poem reading is a project organized by Newburyport High School teacher Deb Szabo and her creative writing class. In between those two events, the festival offers a range of topics for the literate, the pre-literate, and semi-literate readers in the area.Newburyport seems to be populated by three types of people: writers, readers and tourists. And the tourists, of course, are transient. On any given weekend, a cup of tea at the Café Di Sienna will reveal small, intense groups of writers earnestly critiquing one another. The library is filled with people reading and writing, and posted notices of writing groups forming. Jabberwocky and other books stores have calendars filled with visits from authors talking about their work.There is a thriving theater scene that has a festival promoting the creation out of thin air of short plays, and staging them, over a 24-hour period. And there’s also a New Works Festival, which reflects the important assurance to new playwrights that their works are welcome. To put is simply, we are writers, we like writers, and we like reading.The Literary Festival uses the entire community — many different venues hosting a rich and diverse range of offerings, from the craft of writing, to hearing noted authors read and discuss their works. It is a time when Newburyport pauses to celebrate the writer, the reader, and their common interest — literature is a natural for this community. You can find the entire breathtaking schedule of events at the Festival website, Literary Festival this year honors Andre Dubus III, who has been a driving force behind the establishment of a thriving and diverse literary community here in Newburyport. Best-selling author and teacher, Dubus has been a strong and engaged force in most things literary in this area for a long time, and worthy of the celebration intended by the organizers of the festival.The festival, by design, is a smorgasbord of opportunities for readers and writers to share ideas with one another. After the opening Friday night discussion at the Firehouse, at 7:30 p.m. attendees are invited to another kind of smorgasbord — an opportunity to have dinner with the invited authors at Nicholson Hall. Tickets are $50, and are available at the Literary Festival website Read More;

Family Day at the Bird Banding Station-Joppa Flats

Sponsored by Joppa Flats Education Center; Sat, Apr 26, 2014 9:30 am – 11:30 am


Bird Banding Station, Plum Island


Ben Flemer – Banding Station Manager; Lynette Leka – Naturalist


All (suitable for children 6 – 18 years)


Adult $8.00, Child $5.00


Adult $10.00, Child $6.00Come for an exciting visit to the Joppa Flats Bird Banding Station on the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. See Mass Audubon scientists capture, measure, weigh, examine, and release migrant songbirds. Learn about migration, habitat use, and scientific research at a real field station. The station operates only during the height of migration in spring (April and May) and fall (September and October). Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Instructions and Directions:

Meet at Joppa Flats Education Center.

Joppa Flats Cancellation Policy: Please notify us at least 24 hours prior to your program if you must cancel. If you cancel less than 24 hours ahead, we can only offer a refund or credit if we subsequently fill your space. We cannot transfer your payment to another registration with less than 24 hours’ notice.

Registration is required.Call to register 978-462-9998.
Register by mail: program registration form (PDF 66K)
For your own security, DO NOT send credit card information via email.

For more information, contact:

Joppa Flats Education Center
P.O. Box 1558
Newburyport, MA 01950

First Annual Newburyport Easter Parade, Apr. 20th 11:30 AM


The Newburyport Easter Hat Parade will be held Sunday, April 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Inn Street in Newburyport. This new tradition offers the opportunity for families, friends, singles and couples to get outdoors, celebrate spring, show off their finery and meet new people and engage in conversation.

“This is not your usual parade,” said co-chair Robin Lawson. “You are the parade. Rather than passively watching others march by, this event involves Newburyporters mingling, chatting, and celebrating the spring while demonstrating their stylishness, creativity and humor by showing off their headgear.”

“Make a hat, buy a hat, recycle a chapeau and go wild with your own personal fashion statement,” said co-chair Pat Skibbee. “Once you’ve done this event, you will want to repeat it again in the future. So don’t miss out on being involved in the first one.”

Prizes will be awarded in five categories. Judges for the event include Esther Sayer of the Inn Street Barbershop, Sharon Currier; Jay Williamson, curator of the Historical Society of Old Newbury. Prizes have been donated by the Newburyport Chamber of Commerce and The Screening Room. Prize categories include most elegant bonnet, most dapper hat, FUNiest hat, best kids’ design (14 and under) and best Newburyport-themed hat.

“Come put a spring in your step and perhaps a bee in your bonnet and be part of the First Annual Parade. I truly believe that this will be the start of a wonderful spring holiday tradition,” said Esther Sayer, one of the judges of the event. “I’m looking forward to experiencing the creativity and fun that the residents of Greater Newburyport will have on display for the Parade event on April 20.”

Other committee members are Cynthia Quinn, Ann Simpson and Sharon Currier.

For information, contact Lynn Kettleson at lkettleson

A 2.62-mile run to support The One Fund

Article by the Newburyport News:

NEWBURYPORT — In reaction to the horror that engulfed last year’s Boston Marathon, thousands have vowed to run the race this year in support of our country, its freedom and the good will produced by millions of its residents.

Not all affected by the tragedy, though, are able to commit to running 26.2 miles. While they may not be taking to Hopkinton on April 21, the Winner’s Circle Running Club of Salisbury has provided an easier opportunity for anybody to help further heal themselves and the city of Boston by strapping on running shoes.

Held the weekend before this year’s marathon, the club will host the Greater Newburyport Boston Strong 2.62 Mile Charity Race. A Fun Run for children will begin at 10 a.m. on April 13. The charity run will begin soon after at 10:30 a.m.

“We had 70 runners at the Marathon last year who were directly affected by the events,” said Scott Walsh, president of the Winners Circle Running Club. “We are not deterred. We have over 100 runners and volunteers going to the marathon this year. The community support has meant a great deal to us.”

Calli Towne will be coordinating the event and explained the story behind it and how people can get involved.

“Everyone was affected by marathon tragedies last year,” Towne said. “A group of us from the Newburyport Mothers Club sent out an email asking if anybody wanted to plan an event to help. Eight of our members responded and we decided that we wanted it to benefit The One Fund.

“Some of us had never run while some ran competitively, but none of us had ever organized a race. We quickly realized we needed help to pull it off. I thought to reach out to the Winners Circle Running Club, and we asked if they’d help us. Within 24 hours, its president Scott Walsh emailed me back and said the club was very affected by what happened and wanted to do something but weren’t sure of what, and decided to partner with us.”

Last year’s race had over 700 runners participate, and $15,000 was raised. Taking advice from last year’s runners, the course for this year’s event has been changed. The race will begin at Sally Snyder Way in Cashman Park, will then go up Merrimac Street, down on to Ashland and up on to High Street. It will then loop back around to the rail trail.

“It will be a nice course. It’s one that is doable for anyone of any age,” Towne said. “The hill up Ashland may be tough, but other than that it’s a flat course. It will be beautiful running through the streets of Newburyport. We would love for this year’s race to be bigger than last year. The bigger the race, the more money we can raise. Right now, we have about 250 people registered.”

Though nearly a year has passed since last year’s tragedy, Towne said The One Fund is still accepting donations and could use the support. She added that there has been a lot of confusion about this, but at the end of the day, many of the victims of the bombing lost limbs or hearing and will need medical care for the rest of their lives.

“Because they got a payout from The One Fund recently doesn’t mean they still don’t have ongoing medical needs,” Towne said. “The youngest victims, for example, will need prosthetic limbs their entire adult life and as they grow. The prosthetic devices aren’t permanent and wear out over time, so new ones have to be purchased. The needs of those affected are very much ongoing and need our support.”

Registration for the race is $25 and is open to those of all ages. Gift bags will be handed out to all runners, as well as new shirts to the first 500 people that register. Runners can sign up on the day of the race and

Newburyport Winter’s Farmers Market Sundays 9am-1pm (Newburyport, MA)

Newburyport Farmers MarketThe Newburyport Winter farmers’ market is officially in season! Come by to stock your fridge with local, fresh fruit and veggies. The Farmers Market has been steadily growing 2008 with new and unique vendors each season. This is the perfect place to pick up souvenirs during your vacation or just grab ingredients for dinner.  Items sold range from all natural candles, soaps and scrubs to locally crafted wines and cheese. You will even find a perfect treat for your pooch back home.  This is a great way to mix up your afternoon and check a few items off your grocery list.  The Farmers market is held on Sundays from 9am to 1pm at 50 Water St (Newburyport’s Tannery Marketplace). Winter Dates; Feb. 16th, March 2nd, 16th & 30th, April 6th 2014. Summer Market begins May 4th, 2014.

Click here to view a list of vendors and for additional information

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Run to the Beach annual 30K Andover – Salisbury

What better way to get in “shape” for St. Patrick’s Day than a HARD early spring run?

The Andover Striders in association with the Winner’s Circle Running Club will be presenting the Annual Run to the Beach 30K on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 10:00AM. Point-to-point course starts at the North Andover VFW and finishes at the Winners’ Circle Sports Bar in Salisbury. Miles accurately marked, water (and more) at 5,10, and 15 miles. Great post-race party at the Winner’s Circle (oops … its about the run, not the party). No timing, no awards, NO ENTRY FEE, no numbers, no yogurt, and no race directors to bitch to! For more info please contact Dave LaBrode at

Feel free to jump in or out at any distance. If you would like to cheat that’s O.K. too! There are no “chips”, though we may go by a cow farm, no awards, no entry fee, no numbers, no t-shirts, no charities, no USATF, no registration, and no race directors to bitch to! Hey, isn’t this what running is REALLY all about? Just lacing them up and getting a good work out in with your buddies? You want to run with your iPod, walk-man, headphones, or 8 – track, be my guest! Problem is, you will be truly missing the point of a running a long training run with your old and new friends. There are plenty of hills, (don’t believe me check out the accompanying attachment), beautiful scenery, really.

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