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Lack of funds quashes fireworks

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The town’s annual Fourth of July fireworks have been canceled due to a lack of funds. Selectman and fireworks committee chairman Jonathan Dickerson, who is also head of the town recreation department, said donation efforts fell about $15,000 short of the $50,000 necessary to fund the display, which has been a tradition in the seaside community for many years. “We’re thankful for those who did donate,” Dickerson said in a phone call. “The committee worked very hard to raise the funds, but we’ll start trying again in the fall to get ready for 2015.” The money will be held in an interest-bearing account until next year, he said, and can only be used for the fireworks display. Dickerson said that anyone who has donated by check can request their money back, and it will be returned within 30 days. To request a refund, donors can call the recreation department at 774-217-8355.

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