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May 10, 2013

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MAB COMMUNITY SERVICES: Donate your old car to MAB Community Services, formerly the Massachusetts Association for the Blind, which provides services and programs to the blind and vision-impaired community of Massachusetts. Free tow and quick pickup are available. Old cars, boats, trailers, campers, motorcycles, Jet Skis and snowmobiles may be donated. Call 888-613-2777.

L. DEXTER WOODMAN SCHOLARSHIP FUND: The L. Dexter Woodman Scholarship Fund was founded in 1988 with a donation from the Woodman family of Essex in honor of Dexter Woodman, a well-known benefactor of young people in his community. Woodman scholarships have helped send 61 young men and women to college, with awards of $510,000. The fund also gives to students chosen annually by the Essex Lions, the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, and the Massachusetts Restaurant Association. Every year the fund also sponsors 25 Honors Scholars through the North Shore Chamber of Commerce. Woodman scholarship recipients are seniors at Manchester Essex Regional High School, or high school seniors who attended Essex Elementary School. Applicants are judged on character and service to the community as well as academics, extracurricular activities, and need. Donations to the fund may be made at any time and should be mailed to: Woodman Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 81, Essex, MA 01929. For application information, email scholarship@woodmans.com.

ROCKPORT EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION: The Rockport Educational Foundation, a nonprofit corporation, raises funds from private sources to improve and enrich the Rockport educational system. Donations are used to support projects in the schools for which there are insufficient funding. For more information, contact the Educational Foundation for Rockport, c/o Superintendent’s Office, 24 Jerden’s Lane, Rockport, MA 01966; or visit www.rockportedfoundation.org.

CONSERVATION COMMISSION: The Gloucester Conservation Commission seeks environmentally conscious volunteers. The purpose of the Conservation Commission is to protect environmental resources and the adjoining uplands from adverse impact by enforcing the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and the city Wetlands Ordinance. The commission also advises other city boards on environmental matters and encourages public outreach on conservation issues. It meets the first and third Wednesday of the month. Anyone who is interested should send a letter to the Conservation Commission, 3 Pond Road, Gloucester, MA 01930.

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