HAMPSTEAD – The Recreation Commission has ceded responsibility for developing a campaign to fund and construct an outside basketball court to a committee headed up by retired long time Recreation Commission chairwoman Kim Colbert. The Recreation Commission was asked to approve that committee’s fundraising efforts and did so.
The new committee also asked whom to approach for permission to use the field behind the tennis courts for the basketball court. That was the intended location when the Recreation Commission was heading up the effort, and the commission had approached the Planning Board a year ago.
Chairwoman Julie Ahern and Recreation Director Angie Ingraham said they would seek an answer.
In other business at the Oct. 20 meeting of the commission:
• Ingraham said the Senior Holiday Dinner will be held at the Granite Rose on Dec. 7. Doors will open at noon and the meal will be served at 1 p.m. Three hundred tickets are available for seniors to purchase for $5 for the dinner, and 204 residents have already signed up. Tickets can be purchased until Nov. 14 from the Town Clerk. Proof of residency is required.
• The Turkey Trot race, sponsored by the Hampstead Recreation Department, will be held Nov. 27, with a fee of $20 for 18 years and up and $12 for ages 5 to 17 years. The race is open to all walkers, runners, strollers and leashed pets and will start at 8:30 a.m. from the St. Anne’s Catholic Church parking lot.
The event had more than 400 participants last year and raised over $3,000.
• HASB – Hampstead Association of Softball and Baseball – presented a check for $1,062 for its share of the work on the bleachers at Holiday Lane field. Difficult communications between the commission and HASB was resolved when it was learned the commission had an incorrect email address.