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Personal Watercraft Insurance – Information You Should Know

By Hannah Brown, Newburyport.Com Correspondent, Regional Sales Executive, Personal Lines
I’ve worked in the insurance business for over 15 years and held many different positions within the industry. Working for Cross Insurance has afforded me the resources to put my knowledge to use within the community. What drew me to Cross Insurance was the ability to help people with any insurance need they may have, while still maintaining the feel and service of a small agency. I want to fully protect my clients but also educate them about the coverage we provide. It’s important to me that they feel a part of the process. At the heart of it all, Cross is a family owned business who values hard work and relationships. We look forward to not only helping people in the area protect the things that are most valuable to them, but also to exploring and supporting our new community.
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Personal Watercraft Insurance, Newburyport, MA WaveRunner

Personal Watercraft Insurance for Newburyport, MA

With Newburyport, MA being a coastal city, there is plenty of opportunity to have fun on the water. In preparation of using your personal watercraft, you should ensure you have appropriate insurance.

What is Considered a Personal Watercraft?

A Personal Watercraft (PWC) is, generally speaking, a small recreational watercraft that is usually powered primarily by a water jet pump with the operator standing, kneeling or sitting on top of the watercraft (as opposed to sitting or standing inside the watercraft, such as with a boat). PWC are often referred to by the brand name that produced them. For instance, the names Jet Ski, WaveRunner, and Sea-Doo are regularly used interchangeably with personal watercraft, even though these are names of models produced by various companies. Boating machines, including PWC, are generally classified into four main groups, all based on their length in feet from bow to stern, not including the engine components.

Class A: 16 feet or less

Class 1: 16-26 feet

Class 2: 26-40 feet

Class 3: 40 feet and over

With the average personal watercraft having the length of nearly 11 feet, the normal personal watercraft owner can usually expect their machine to be classified under Class A.

How Much is Insurance for Personal Watercrafts?

Similar to other motorized vehicles, like car, motorcycle, ATV, RV, snowmobile, and boat insurance policies, personal watercraft insurance pricing may vary depending on a variety of factors. To help prepare you for getting your PWC insurance quote, here are some elements that may affect your rate.

  • The make and model of your personal watercraft is an important part of how much you will pay. A newer and typically faster model will typically affect your policy more than an older machine.
  • Where will you ride your PWC? If you’re riding in Newburyport, this may affect your quote as there are different laws and regulations that riders must follow in Massachusetts compared to others. Also, if you will be using your PWC in Newburyport, which is considered a coastal city, your quote may differ as compared to an individual who regularly rides on inland waters.
  • The age of the driver will also affect your quote. Just as with regular car insurance, the younger the driver the more expensive the quote may be.
  • Are you riding alone or with a friend? Having passengers accompany you on rides, or alternatively riding solo, will either increase or decrease the liability at hand.
  • Professionally installing safety equipment to your watercraft such as a “kill” cord, GPS, depth finder, radar technology, etc., and wearing the suggested safety gear like a life jacket and goggles can potentially help you save.
  • What is the top speed of your PWC? Some insurers will refuse to insure a vessel that may be deemed “too fast,” while some may give a discount to those with a top speed in a certain range.

Personal Watercraft Insurance Quotes for Newburyport

If you are looking to save on insurance for your personal watercraft in Newburyport, one way to do this is by comparing numerous Personal Watercraft Insurance, Newburyport, MA WaveRunner Adventures insurance quotes to see what ways you can potentially save. While many websites may show an average price for an insurance company, what you may end up paying could be drastically different. Requesting a custom quote for your personal watercraft insurance is a great place to start when it comes to comparing coverages and saving. Contact your local Newburyport Cross Insurance Agency to connect with one of our insurance agents to start the process today.

What Generally is and isn’t covered in a PWC Policy?

Typically, personal watercraft policies will cover a few basic areas, these being bodily injury, property damage, and medical payments. Policies also tend to include liability coverage. Liability can help provide financial assistance in the event you are found liable in an accident if the accident is deemed coverable. Some examples of situations that may potentially be covered, depending on the coverages you select, are:

  • Damage is inflicted to another individual’s PWC, boat, dock, or personal belongings due to the negligent use of your PWC
  • Injury or death to another individual due to your negligent operation of your machine
  • Negligence of someone driving your PWC
  • Select damage to your watercraft
  • Injury to you caused by an uninsured watercraft operator
  • Injury to individuals towed behind your watercraft

What isn’t included in a PWC policy? To understand your policy and exactly what is and isn’t covered, you should carefully read your entire policy. Your local Newburyport agent may also be able to help answer certain questions that you may have. The following are just a few non-exhaustive examples of what may not be covered:

  • A watercraft that has been upgraded or modified to increase speed and performance
  • Operating your PWC during unauthorized times, such as after dark and before sunrise
  • Losses that occur as the result of racing your PWC

Coverage areas to inquire about

When talking to your Newburyport agent, you might want to inquire about specific areas of your policy. The following are some coverage options explore further with your Cross Insurance agent.

  • Will your policy cover the replacement cost of personal items that are lost or damaged while using your PWC?
  • Will your policy replace the actual cash value of your PWC if it is damaged while using it?
  • Does your policy include roadside assistance for either your towing vehicle or trailer if they are damaged?
  • Does your policy include towing assistance if you break down on the water?

Does My Homeowners Policy Cover My PWC??

Relying solely on your homeowners insurance to help protect you and your watercraft may potentially leave you with less coverage thanPersonal Watercraft Insurance - Cross Insurance Policy for Jetski, Newburyport, MA you might have with a dedicated PWC policy. A homeowners policy usually only provides limited coverage for your personal watercraft. A PWC policy specifically for your watercraft is typically the favorable option, as this usually provides broader coverage and higher coverage amounts, and can sometimes be more tailored to meet your needs. Below is what homeowners insurance can potentially help insure in certain situations.

Fire: Depending on the circumstances, if your watercraft catches fire your homeowners insurance could potentially cover a limited amount of the repair or replacement costs.

Natural Events: Also known as an “Act of God,” damage to your PWC caused by events such as hurricanes, hail, wind, and other covered weather events may potentially qualify for some limited coverage under your homeowners insurance.

Theft & Vandalism: If your watercraft is stolen from your home or vandalized during a break in, this could potentially qualify for some limited coverage under your homeowners insurance.

Falling Objects: In the event something falls in your basement, garage, or wherever you store your personal watercraft, and it causes damage to your PWC, homeowners insurance may help cover a limited amount of the expenses to fix it.

About Cross Insurance Newburyport

The Newburyport, Massachusetts branch is one of the newest Cross Insurance locations to open. With a newly renovated office space conveniently located in the East Shops of the Port Plaza and accessible by major highways, our office is ready to help provide you with options for quality insurance products at competitive prices.

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This article is for general informational purposes only and is not to be relied upon or used for any particular purpose. Cross Insurance shall not be held responsible in any way for, and specifically disclaims any liability arising out of or in any way connected to, reliance on or use of any of the information contained in this article. The information contained or referenced in this article is not intended to constitute and should not be considered legal, insurance, accounting or other professional advice, nor shall it serve as a substitute for the recipient obtaining such advice. The views expressed in this article are that of its author and do not necessarily represent the views of Cross Financial Corp. and its subsidiaries and affiliates (“Cross Insurance”) or Cross Insurance’s management or shareholders.

 

Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Morning Workouts – Sponsored by AJH

By Caitlin Dowling, Newburyport.com Correspondent
Caitlin is a freelance editor/writer and former news producer for CNN. As a local mom of three, her family can be found enjoying all Newburyport has to offer, from strolling downtown to biking the rail trail to swimming at the beach.
Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Morning Workouts, Newburyport

The 2023 Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Morning Workouts are back for another round of classes with amazing views of the Newburyport waterfront. These FREE classes, all hosted by local fitness businesses, are a great opportunity to try a variety of exercise styles all lead by Greater Newburyport’s top local instructors—there’s something for everyone and every fitness level. Sponsored by Newburyport’s own Anna Jaques Hospital, the waterfront workouts offer an entire week of wellness opportunities—a fitting match for a hospital that strives to keep its community healthy.

Located right off the Newburyport boardwalk on the lawn in front of Sea Level Oyster Bar, the Waterfront Morning Workouts take place each morning during Yankee Homecoming week. From bootcamp to yoga, there are a wide variety of classes offered to fit all ages and levels. Classes are free and open to the public, so sample and try as many as you would like. Love a class you take? Continue on your fitness journey by visiting the company’s local studio. The article image features a prior year waterfront workout class hosed by Sarah Oleson Yoga. 

A big thank you to Yankee Homecoming for supporting local and organizing the waterfront workouts. This event helps to promote awareness for local fitness businesses and gives our community a chance to kick off their day with a FREE class that will energize them while enjoying the natural beauty of the Newburyport waterfront.

2023 Waterfront Workouts Sunday, July 30th – Sunday, August 6th:

Sunday, July 30th 6:00 AM – To Be Announced
Check back for details.

Sunday, July 30th  8:00 AM – Awake Minds
Join Meghan Leighton from Awake Minds: Yoga & Conscious Living for an all levels vinyasa yoga class that includes poses and breathwork to support refreshment and coolness in summer months – based on yoga and Ayurveda (yoga’s sister science) recommendations for the summertime. Bring a mat, towel, and water bottle with you and get ready to flow!

Sunday, July 30th  9:15 AM – The Mom COMM
Family Bootcamp
Fitness and fun for the whole family to keep you moving, sweating and laughing together. All ages are welcome. Bring your own mats and water.

Monday, July 31st  6:00 AM – To Be Announced
Check back for details.

Monday, July 31st 8:00 AM Awake Minds 
Join Meghan Leighton from Awake Minds: Yoga & Conscious Living for an all levels vinyasa yoga class that includes poses and breathwork to support refreshment and coolness in summer months – based on yoga and Ayurveda (yoga’s sister science) recommendations for the summertime. Bring a mat, towel, and water bottle with you and get ready to flow!

Monday, July 31st 9:15 AM – YMCA OF NORTH SHORE
Fit for Life
This class is designed for anyone looking for a gentle approach to fitness. By incorporating low impact cardio movements and light strength training, we’ll work together to improve your balance and mobility, all while increasing your overall strength.

Tuesday, August 1st  6:00 AM – Hot Asana Power Yoga
This yoga flow is for all levels! Instructors will pair the flow with their unique beat and rhythm, which will change throughout the week! Please bring a yoga mat, H20 and an open mind and heart.

Tuesday, August 1st 8:00 AM – FUEL
This 45 minute class is designed to tone + tighten through various strength-based exercises and a little heart pumping cardio. This class will focus on core, lower + upper body, sculpting and don’t forget that stretch at the end! Using a combination of resistance equipment (loop bands) and body weight, we will strengthen major muscle groups while keeping things fun and functional.

Tuesday, August 1st 9:15 AM – The Mom Comm
Stroller Bootcamp
A full-body workout using your stroller! We will combine strength, cardio, and core together with your babe in tow! Little ones can stay in the stroller during class; older kids are welcome to come out and participate with us (we understand they get antsy!). Bring your own toys, snacks, and entertainment for them! Please bring your own mat and water. Prenatal + postnatal modifications will be provided. All fitness levels are welcome. Feel free to stay after and mingle with other moms and families.

Wednesday, August 2nd 6:15 AM – Kin Fitness 
Bootcamp for all levels
All the classic cardio, strength, core exercises you know mixed into the perfect combo to keep you on your toes – always challenging, always fun! Exercises will be modified for different fitness levels as needed. Please bring water and a Yoga mat (if you have/want one)!

Wednesday, August 2nd 8:00 AM – FUEL
Fuel to Go Band Class
This 45-minute class is designed to tone + tighten through various strength-based exercises and a little heart pumping cardio. This class will focus on core, lower + upper body sculpting, and don’t forget that stretch at the end! Using a combination of resistance equipment (loop bands) and body weight, we will strengthen major muscle groups while keeping things fun and functional!

Wednesday, August 2nd 9:15 AM – YWCA Greater Newburyport
Yoga/Barre Fusion
Multi-level class – appropriate for all fitness levels. This class incorporates low impact barre and strengthening exercises along with your favorite yoga poses and stretches. Please bring your own yoga mat and a light set of weights.

Thursday, August 3rd 6:15 AM – Kin Fitness
Cardio for all levels
Focus on your heart health, stamina, and endurance with high intensity interval training – quick, intense bursts of exercise, followed by short active recovery periods, paired with low intensity movements performed for a moderate amount of time. A great way to get your heart pumping! Please bring water and a Yoga mat (if you have/want one)!

Thursday, August 3rd  8:00 AM – Hot Asana Power Yoga
This yoga flow is for all levels! Instructors will pair the flow with their unique beat and rhythm, which will change throughout the week! Please bring a yoga mat, H20 and an open mind and heart.

Thursday, August 3rd 9:15 AM – YWCA Greater Newburyport
Muscle and Mat
This class is a combination of resistance training and fundamental core strength and conditioning. All levels welcome.

Friday, August 4th 6:00 AM – To Be Announced
Check back for details.

Friday, August 4th 8:00 AM – Riverside Yoga
Move slowly into basic yoga postures while emphasizing breath work and simplicity. The class will include seated stretches, standing postures, and long cool-down into Savasana. This class welcomes beginners and anyone wishing to balance their regular more vigorous yoga practice or exercise with a softer, mindful class. Appropriate for all levels.

Friday, August 4th 9:15 AM – Pure Bare
Pure Barre is a full-body, ballet-barre-based workout. The 50-minute class features low-impact movements that focus on tightening and toning your core, glutes and arms. Please bring a mat, water bottle, and a set of light hand weights if you have them!

Saturday, August 5th 6:00 AM – To Be Announced
Check back for details.

Saturday, August 5th 8:00 AM –  Hot Asana Power Yoga
This yoga flow is for all levels! Instructors will pair the flow with their unique beat and rhythm, which will change throughout the week! Please bring a yoga mat, H20 and an open mind and heart.

Saturday, August 5th 9:15 AM – Portaikido Martial Arts
With instructor Douglas Wilcox
Newburyport Aikido welcomes individuals and families of all ages and abilities to a refreshing and challenging 45-minute morning workout. Aikido is a martial art requiring flexibility and relaxation of body and mind. We will start with head-to-toe stretching and breathing and focus exercises to empty our minds. Then we will do some weapons exercises – with wooden swords that we provide – and try some empty hand techniques. No experience necessary. Try something new, try Aikido. Bring your energy, your own water, and something to work out on. See you down by the river!

Sunday, August 6th 6:00 AM – To Be Announced
Check back for details.

Sunday, August 6th 8:00 AM – Riverside Yoga
Move slowly into basic yoga postures while emphasizing breath work and simplicity. The class will include seated stretches, standing postures, and long cool-down into Savasana. This class welcomes beginners and anyone wishing to balance their regular more vigorous yoga practice or exercise with a softer, mindful class. Appropriate for all levels.

Sunday, August 6th 9:15 AM – Portaikido Martial Arts
With instructor Douglas Wilcox
Newburyport Aikido welcomes individuals and families of all ages and abilities to a refreshing and challenging 45-minute morning workout. Aikido is a martial art requiring flexibility and relaxation of body and mind. We will start with head-to-toe stretching and breathing and focus exercises to empty our minds. Then we will do some weapons exercises – with wooden swords that we provide – and try some empty hand techniques. No experience necessary. Try something new, try Aikido. Bring your energy, your own water, and something to work out on. See you down by the river!

The waterfront morning workouts are just one part of a much larger celebration—Yankee Homecoming. Be sure to check out our Events Calendar to find all of the fun events happening all week long in Newburyport.

Thank you to Anna Jaques Hospital for Sponsoring the Yankee Homecoming Waterfront Workouts. A true community health champion, the Anna Jaques Hospital sponsorship helps encourage everyone to find their optimal exercise program at no cost and provides free advertising/exposure for the participating local small business fitness companies.

Premier 18 Hole Mini Golf Course for the North Shore

By Steve Flynn Sr., Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Steve Flynn Sr. has worked in the greenhouse business since he was in his teens and has owned Nunan’s for over thirty years. Nunan’s is a family oriented and run business with three generation actively involved in the business. Steve enjoys the ever changing seasons of the greenhouse industry, and has built the business to be for both retail and wholesale customers .
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Mini Golf Course at Nunan's, Georgetown

Have you been to Nunan’s lately? Last year, we proudly opened Kallie’s Kones, a full-service ice cream parlor, and Garden Golf, a premier 18-hole, beautifully landscaped mini golf course. Our General Manager and Co-Owner Stephen Flynn, Jr. came up with the idea of building a miniature golf course to our property after seeing a rise in agritourism—a term that simply means an activity or attraction that brings visitors to a farm. Wanting to venture away from corn mazes, Stephen began planning for a miniature golf course. Construction began shortly after, and on July 29, 2016, Nunan’s Garden Golf celebrated its grand opening with a weekend of miniature golf, hot dogs, and ice cream!

Nunan’s Garden Golf is in the quaint town of Georgetown, MA, surrounded by our growing greenhouses,and a full-scale garden center, flower shop, and landscape company set on our 22+ acre lot. It’s not your run-of-the-mill mini golf course, as Garden Golf boasts no windmills or dinosaurs. Instead, our 18-hole course is set amongst a beautiful botanical garden that has some of the most alluring and unique annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees that grow in the northeast. The course takes you over bridges, through water hazards, by an 18’ waterfall and many other obstacles that make it a fun and challenging experience for the entire family! Throughout the garden, each plant has an identification label and our scorecards are designed with a “Plant Wish List” on the back of it so that you can write down what you like. After your game of golf, you can walk through our beautiful blooming front displays to our ice cream parlor and enjoy a Richardson’s ice cream as you shop for the plants on your wish list.

Now, Nunan’s Garden Golf has opened its doors to new opportunities within the community by offering a number of different programs, including youth programs and field trips, private events such as birthday parties, fundraisers, and corporate events. Garden Golf and Kallie’s Kones have already hosted a number of birthday parties and they’re a huge hit!

Hosting a corporate event for your business? Try something new and host a mini golf tournament for your employees. Many companies have standard golf tournaments, but the problem with that is not everyone plays golf and it takes an entire day. Mini golf is comparatively shorter, sweeter, and easier to play! With a Nunan’s Garden Golf corporate event, you can bring everyone together for a fun-filled day. Mini golf is a great outing activity for your employees—it helps improve communication amongst coworkers, helps employees get to know each other better, celebrate company achievements, show appreciation, energize your team, and boost morale. At Nunan’s, you can rent the entire area to play mini golf, bring in food or have it delivered, play music, or host family games, company awards, and presentations.

 

 

 

 

Summer IS Special at the Club

By Deb Binder, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Deb brings dozens of years of marketing expertise and thousands of tennis balls hit to her position as Communications Ace for the Newburyport Tennis Club.
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Tennis Club, Newburyport MA

Why play indoors in the summer? In New England there is a long-running debate as to whether tennis is an indoor or an outdoor sport. Playing tennis outdoors on a beautiful day is fabulous, no doubt about it. But, there is a lot of tennis to be had indoors, too. Why?

First, there is the rain. You can’t play tennis in the rain so indoors you go. Then there are 90 degree temperatures and blistering sun. Great on the beach, not so much on the tennis court. Add in some humidity, a little sun-stroke and an errant wind-storm and it’s time to think about going indoors. And lastly, many players use the summer to really work on their game. Taking lessons outside can be challenging when there is wind taking your great forehand off course and sun in your eyes totally ruining your serve. Taking lessons inside allows you to really work on your game. So, in the summer, there is some great indoor tennis to be had.

But another reason to go indoors is Newburyport Tennis Club’s Summer Special. From June through August, the Club has special rates monthly or for the 3 months: Adults ($100/month or just $250 for the entire summer), Juniors ($80/month or just $200 for the entire summer) and non-members ($150/month). You can sign up for one, two or all 3 months. To sign up for the Summer Special, contact the Club at 978 462 3121.

Clipper City Rail Trail

Clipper City Rail Trail, Newburyport MA

The Clipper City Rail Trail –
A Bike Path Lined with Exceptional Local Art

Run, Bike, Scoot, Skate or Stroll it!

Experience the Clipper City Rail Trail – Newburyport’s Bike Path

The Clipper City Rail Trail is more than just your average bike path! Whether you live local to the Newburyport area or you are just coming for a visit, the Clipper City Rail Trail is a great way to experience the natural beauty of the area. In addition to the natural beauty that sounds the Clipper City Rail Trail, you will find many wonderful works of art that line this popular bike path. Enjoy unique sculptures, murals, unique signage and even a a steel “Steam Locomotive” play sculpture with a cow catcher, coal car, bell and whistle by artists Scott Kessel and Matt Niland.

Inspiration for Newburyport’s Clipper City Rail Trail came from The City of Newburyport’s Senior Project Manager Geordie Vining. On a family trip to Paris, George and his family enjoyed the art along the Seine River and realized that art shared in a public space had far more ability to have broader cultural impact than art behind closed doors.

The original phase of the bike path runs from the  MBTA Commuter Rail Station over to Cashman Park, a picturesque spot on the Merrrimack River.  Construction has extend the path through the South End neighborhood of Newburyport down to the river so that folks can experience even more of Newburyport via the Clipper City Rail Trail. The last phase of the project is slated to connect the two ends providing folks a safe connection across the Rt. 1 traffic circle. Whether your ready for serious exercise or a leisurely stroll with the dog, this local bike path is a wonderful place for all to enjoy.

Along your bike route stop and experience exciting Newburyport destinations such as the Newburyport Art Association and the Custom House Maritime Museum. If you work up an appetite, stop at one of the many restaurants along the way such as Metzy’s Cantina right next to the Newburyport Commuter Rail Station or Sea Level Oyster Bar to enjoy beautiful water views as you pass through downtown.

 

Clipper City Rail Trail

Merrimack River to the MBTA Station
Merrimack River through the South End

Rail Trail Map

Detailed Rail Trail Overview

Joppa Flats Running Club

By Joe, Joe

Joppa Flats Running Club

Supporting Local Charitable Causes

 

Joppa Flats: Running, Racing & Volunteerism

With a mission to provide financial contributions and road race support to charities in Greater Newburyport, the Joppa Flats Running Club (JFRC) encourages its members to volunteer with charitable organizations within the running community.

The JRFC’s main event is the annual Newburyport-Maudslay Turkey Trot 5k Trail Race. A tradition that started in 1989, the Turkey Trot takes place each year on Thanksgiving Day. Proceeds are donated to the Pettengill House, Opportunity Works and Our Neighborhood Table.

And with many nonprofits hosting road races as fundraisers, the JFRC also provides road support including race timing and finish line aid at these events, saving local charities thousands.

Joppa Flats Running Club

PO Box 502, Newburyport, MA 01950

joppaflatsrunningclub@gmail.com

Trav’s Trail Run – 3 Mile Cross Country Race. All proceeds benefit The Travis Elliot Landreth Memorial Fund

Maudslay Turkey Trot – 3.1 Miles X-Country Run/Walk on Thanksgiving Day

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New Years Resolutions for Your Dog

By Kim Casey, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Kim is a huge animal lover and proud owner of two labs. Kim is also an Internet marketer and works closely with The Beach Dog Daycare in Newburyport. She enjoys writing and researching combined with blogging. She is an independent marketer and is self-employed but being an animal lover The Beach Dog Daycare is one of her favorite clients.
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New Years Resolutions for Your Dog, Newburyport MA

New Years Resolutions for your dog…sounds funny, but its not. The most made resolutions made by us humans is to get exercise. During the winter months it’s never more important to stimulate your dog than now. Just like you, your dog can get cabin fever and depressed when the weather gets cold and out door playtime subsides. Creating healthy habits and stimulating indoor activities is a great way to keep your dog stimulated and happy. Here are a few easy ways to create New Years Resolutions for your dog and keep them happy and healthy throughout the lazy days of winter.

Perhaps Santa brought you a new treadmill this year…what a great way to walk the dog.  Start out slow, perhaps having your dog walk just through your warm up and then incorporate a jog. Soon enough when asked to go for a walk your dog will head straight for the treadmill and not the door.

This next idea is a low impact exercise but a fun one for both of you to incorporate. Teach your dog how to play hide and seek. Use their favorite toy or a snack, hide the object while your dog is watching and use a voice command to stimulate them to find the object. Once he or she catches on to the game try hiding it without them seeing but reinforce with the voice command. Don’t loose patience, your still stimulating an activity. Have you ever heard of a Kong? It is a chew toy that you put snacks inside of. This could be a good way to start the game, you stimulate with a toy and a snack…don’t forget the voice command. Hide and seek is a great New Years Resolutions for your dog.

Dancing is an excellent way to get up and move, music motivates everyone. Try putting on your favorite playlist and get Rover on the dance floor with you. Teach him some moves or just make sure he’s up and active. If dancing isn’t your thing how about yoga? Adding yoga to your exercise program is a great way to circulate the blood flow, stretch muscle and even massage your insides. Start easy but don’t forget to challenge yourself. This will be slightly more challenging for our dog but it can be a hands on bonding experience you both will enjoy. Dancing and yoga can be a New Years Resolutions for your dog and his master.

It’s never a better time to consider doggy daycare. Now that the winter is upon us and you are off to work or the gym, why not consider part time doggy daycare. This stimulates the lazy days of winter and adds socialization for your dog.

Lastly lets talk the next biggest New Years resolutions made by us all. Healthy eating habits are easier than you may think. Keeping good snacks on hand is the key to accomplishing this resolution. Stop buying junk and you cant eat it…stock up on healthy options. Making good snacks for your dog at home is simple and smart. Use the foods you eat and incorporate them into snacks for your dog. See our blog for Wicked Easy Homemade Dog Treats.

That’s it! New Years Resolutions for your dog isn’t as silly as it may sound. In fact it’s crucial for a healthy dog to get up and go and eat good throughout the lazy days of winter.

 

 

 

 

Fall Means Tennis!

By Deb Binder, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Deb brings dozens of years of marketing expertise and thousands of tennis balls hit to her position as Communications Ace for the Newburyport Tennis Club.
Newburyport Tennis Club
Racquet Club of Newburyport, Newburyport MA

Fall means tennis!  It’s September and summer is officially over for most people. While no one wishes summer to end, there is a silver lining: the new season of tennis now kicks off! Whether you took the summer off from tennis or took the opportunity to work on your game and are ready to show off your new forehand or backhand slice, and whether you like to play in leagues or ‘just for fun’ NOW is the time to buy a new can of balls and hit the court.

The Newburyport Tennis Club has a full schedule of new programs for both Juniors and adults. There are many programs specifically for kids including beginner programs and the Tournament Training Academy (TTA). These TTA clinics are designed for the more serious junior – for the player who needs to be challenged more and is dedicated to becoming a better player. Adult leagues are also in full swing. Between the USTA and North Shore Tennis leagues, there is a team for everyone whether you want to play on a daytime women’s tennis league or a league for men, women and mixed doubles.

If you are new to tennis or want to improve your game, the Club’s coaching staff can help. They have added a new coach to their already strong bench and offer clinics as well as private and semi-private lessons.

Regardless of what type of tennis player you are and what kind of tennis you’d like, there is a coach for you and there is a tennis program for you. If you’d like more information about any of the programs, contact The Racquet Club of Newburyport at 978.462.3121 or email them.

HISTORY IN THE MAKING ON THANKSGIVING DAY!

By Krissy Ventura, Newburyport.Com Correspondent
Residential Sales Specialist for the BENTLEY'S Real Estate Team, Krissy works as a buyer’s agent, tirelessly to find her clients the perfect home, as she understands the importance of getting it right the first time. As a listing agent, Krissy will work her hardest to sell your home at the highest price, in the shortest amount of time, and with the most favorable terms. Krissy has outstanding communication skills developed over many years working in the business world, and she makes it a top priority to stay in touch with her clients at all times with updates on their particular situation. She is a happily married native of Newburyport with three children. Contact Krissy to schedule an appointment!
Krissy Ventura
HISTORY IN THE MAKING ON THANKSGIVING DAY! Newburyport MA

This Thanksgiving the Newburyport High School football team will have the opportunity to play its traditional rivalry game against Amesbury High School on the newly renovated turf field atop of Mt Rural.  Mt Rural, as the hill was called where the magnificent NHS now sits, is home to one of the grandest high school stadiums in the entire state, World War Memorial Stadium.   Built in 1930, during FDR’s administration, the stadium took three years to build and employed many men during the Great Depression.

My grandmother was a member of the first freshman class at NHS and was able to enjoy this amazing stadium from the very beginning.  The building of this stadium gave the community a newfound sense of pride and the entire community would come out each weekend for the games, seating as many as 8,000 fans in the stadium!  Over the years, the stadium has been home to concerts, various sporting events, numerous NHS graduations, as well as community events.

The stadium was built for longevity, however, after over 60 years, in 1999, the visitor side of the stands were deemed unsafe and the wear and tear of the years of usage started to show.  A group of concerned alumni, parents and community members decided to form a group called RESTORE and set off on a long journey to raise the necessary funds to renovate the stands and provide todays students with a state of the art turf field.

It took over 10 years, but this Thanksgiving we can all join together to celebrate the efforts of the RESTORE group and watch the historic game vs Amesbury on our new field.  The new field will be dedicated to legendary football coach and long time Athletic Director, Jim Stehlin, who was around when I was at NHS.  The history behind NHS and the entire City of Newburyport continues on for all to remember and enjoy!  Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Newburyport Skatepark

By Joe, Joe

Ideal location to enjoy skateboarding

Newburyport Skatepark

One of the fastest growing sports in the country

Built and designed for enjoyment, the mission of the Newburyport Skatepark is to have fun!

As part of Newburyport Youth Services, the Skatepark supports growth through encouragement of youth ambitions and interests.

Since 2001, the Newburyport Skatepark has been a great place for youths and young adults to learn, practice and enjoy skateboarding in a safe, yet challenging environment.

Created through community fundraising, an annual Skate Fest each summer allows the skateboarders to show off skills in appreciation.

The members of the Skatepark also assist with other Greater Newburyport area events, demos and tournaments at the park as volunteers continue to raise funds for park maintenance.

With safety of the utmost importance, the Skatepark accommodates various skill levels from beginner to pro, and helmets are required for all skateboarders ages 16 years or younger according to Massachusetts law. Children under 10 must also be accompanied by an adult.

And while skateboards and in-line skates are allowed, bikes, roller skates, motorized vehicles are scooters are not permitted, nor are the use of additional obstacles like ramps or jumps.

If ever an accident or incident should occur at the park, please contact Newburyport Youth Services at 978-465-4434.

Newburyport Skatepark

70 Low St. (behind Nock Middle School)

NewburyportMA 01950

Free parking is available at the school. The park is also accessible via the MBTA Newburyport/Rockport Commuter Rail line and Route #54 of the MVRTA bus line

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Newburyport Youth Soccer

By Joe, Joe

Enriching the lives of kids through soccer.

Newburyport Youth Soccer

If players have fun, they will return
If players return, they will learn
If they learn, they will have the skills to compete
If they compete to the best of their abilities they will have fun
It begins and ends with fun.

Non-profit athletic community

Since 1980, the Newburyport Youth Soccer Association has been teaching soccer to thousands of kids each year as part of a community effort to learn, compete and have fun.

The program also strives to teach the value of physical activity and promote the social skills necessary to assist kids on and off the soccer field, ensuring kids have fun and enjoy themselves.

Games are generally played at Cherry Hill Soccer Field and Cashman Park in Newburyport, MA where encouraging words only are supported.

In turn, kids will not only learn the sport, but meet new friends while releasing the pressures of school and homework. Plus, by developing their soccer skills and an understanding of the game, kids will learn how to relate to others in a competitive, yet healthy manner, exhibiting good sportsmanship.

Win or lose, players will learn the real prize is to be a dependable member of a team and respectful of other players, coaches and fans. At the end of the day, playing in an environment that supersedes winning, kids build great character, make friends and get the exercise necessary to enjoy a balanced life.

If you would like to show support for the Newburyport Youth Soccer Association there are both volunteer and sponsorship opportunities available. The NYSA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, and all donations are used solely for the advancement of our youth development programs and are a major source of the league’s funding.

Mission

“Newburyport Youth Soccer Association (NYSA) is a non-profit athletic community whose mission is to enrich the physical and mental lives of kids through the sport of soccer.”