Town government: Mayor, nine-member Municipal Council.
Town elections: Sept. 20, preliminary election; final elections, Nov. 8.
Town offices and all departments can be reached at Town Hall on Friend Street, 978-388-8100. Town Hall hours: Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with added Thursday hours, 5 to 8 p.m.; Fridays, 8 a.m. to noon.
On the Web: www.ci.amesbury.ma.us
Mayor Thatcher W. Kezer, III's office, 978-388-8121.
Chief Financial Officer Michael Basque, 978-388-5447.
Assessor Mary Marino, 978-388-8102. The Fiscal Year 2005 tax rate for all classes of property in Amesbury was certified as $14.24 per thousand dollars of valuation. Taxes are collected quarterly. Tax collector's office, 978-388-8105.
Water billing, 978-388-8119.
Treasurer Deborah Ventura, 978-388-8105.
Town Clerk Bonnijo Kitchin, 978-388-8100.
To register a dog: All dogs must be registered at Town Hall by March 31. Proof of rabies innoculation and spaying required. Neutered or spayed dogs cost $5; $10 if late. Cost is $10 for non-neutered male and female dogs; $20 if late.
In emergencies: For all emergencies, dial 911.
Police Department, School Street, 978-388-1217; Chief Michael Cronin.
Fire Department business, 978-388-1333; Chief William Shute.
Emergency Management: Director Richard Clark, Associate Donald Swenson, 978-388-8155.
Camp Kent, South Hampton Road: nature trails, camping, biking and hiking, boat launch; extensive environmental programs.
Lake Gardner to Battis Farm Trail, several miles of walking and hiking. Trails connect the two along Powow Hill.
Town beach, Lake Gardner: swimming, boating.
Town Park, Youth and Recreation Department, Friend Street, has tennis courts, hockey rink for in-line skating, skate boarding and BMX bikes; winter hockey, woodland trails, ponds.
Upper Millyard Park, Market Square off Main Street, 1.5 miles of paved walk connects downtown to Powow River. Bandstand concerts during Amesbury Days.
Woodsom Farm, Lions Mouth Road. 300 acres of rolling hills for sledding, skating, cross-country skiing and hiking. Site of annual Amesbury Days, the week before July 4th,and a festival in September.
Historic sites: The Doughboy statue, on the lawn of Amesbury Middle School, was built as a memorial to Amesbury's World War I servicemen.
Golgotha, on Macy Street, is the town's first burying ground.
Hospital: Anna Jaques Hospital, 25 Highland Ave., Newburyport; 978-463-1000.
Trash and recycling: Weekly curbside trash pickup. Aluminum, bottles and cans, plastic milk jugs, bundled newspaper, brown paper, and clear, brown and green glass collected curbside biweekly. Other recyclables, such as bundled magazines, plastic bottle necks, nos. 1 and 2 plastic, among other things, accepted at the Crow Lane facility in Newburyport.
Senior citizens: Amesbury Council on Aging, Director Pamela Brown, School Street, 978-388-8138.
Business contacts: Alliance for Amesbury, cooperative venture between town, businesses and citizens at 5 Market St., 978-388-3178. Raymond Shockey, director.
Scouting: Girl Scouts, Spar and Spindle Council, 1740 Turnpike St., North Andover, 978-689-8015. Boy Scouts, Yankee Clipper Council, Amesbury Road, Haverhill, 978-372-0591.
Library: Amesbury Public Library, Main Street, 978-388-8148. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday until Labor Day, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., then reverts back to 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. amesburylibrary.org
Public: Superintendent: Dr. Charles Chaurette, 10 Congress St., 978-388-0507.
Academy of Strategic Learning, alternative school for grades seven through 12 at 9 Water St., 978-388-8037; Donna Georges, principal-director.
Amesbury High, Highland Street, Principal Leslie Murray, 978-388-4800.
Amesbury Middle, 222 Main St., Principal Michael F. Curry, 978-388-0515.
Cashman Elementary (K through fourth grade), 193 Lions Mouth Road, Principal Peter Brown Hoyt, 978-388-4407.
Amesbury Elementary (pre-K through fourth grade), 20 S. Hampton Road, Principal Gail M. Korpusik, 978-388-3659.
Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School, Haverhill, Principal Scott Williams, 978-373-4101. Serves Amesbury.
Private: Seventh Day Adventist School, formerly at 81 Monroe St., Amesbury, has moved to 285 Main Ave. (Rt. 107A), South Hampton, N.H. Serves kindergarten through grade eight, 603-394-9970.
Harbor Schools residential treatment center. Sparhawk School. YMCA Kid Stop.
HOUSES OF WORSHIP
Adventist: Seventh Day Adventist, 171 Main St., 978-388-3352. Pastor Ray Daniel. Saturday Sabbath School, 9:30 a.m.; worship, 11 a.m.
Baptist: Market Street Baptist Church, 37 Market St., 978-388-0930. The Rev. Michael John, pastor. Summer Sunday service, 10 a.m., child care available. Summer prayer service, Wednesday at 7 p.m. Beginning Sept. 11, Adult Sunday School, 9:15 a.m.; worship, 10:30 a.m. Men's and women's bible study groups meet throughout winter. Call the church for information. msbcnews.org
Catholic: Holy Family Parish, 56 Sparhawk St. Rectory, 978-388-0330; religious education, 978-388-3477. Team ministry priests are the Rev.Thomas J. Buckley and the Rev. John W. Gentleman. Masses: Saturday and Sunday, beginning in July: St. Joseph's Church, 7:30 and 10 a.m.
Sacred Heart Church, Saturday, 4 p.m .; Sunday, 6 p.m. Summer schedule: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. (Sacred Heart); Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 9 a.m. (St. Joseph's), 4 p.m. (Sacred Heart); Sunday, 10 a.m. (St. Joseph's), 6 p.m. (Sacred Heart), and 7:30 p.m. (St. Joseph's).
Congregational: Main Street Congregational, United Church of Christ, 145 Main St., 978-388-0982. The Rev. Joan MacPherson, pastor. Sunday service in July, 10 a.m. at Main Street. August, 10 a.m. at Union Congregational Church. Labor Day services at Alliance Park at 10 a.m. Child care is provided. Services and Sunday School at 10 a.m. throughout the year.
Union Congregational Church, 350 Main St., 978-388-0631. Rev. Lucy Blood, pastor. Service, 10 a.m., followed by coffee hour. Sunday School during worship.
Episcopal: St. James Episcopal, 120 Main St., 978-388-0030. Rector is the Rev. Michael O. Shirley. Sunday services, 8 and 10 a.m.
Methodist: First United Methodist Church, 146 Main St. Summer Sunday service, 10 a.m., 978-388-1726.