11 months ago

Peabody 2-15-18


NEW SOLD See Our Ad in the Real Estate Section Lynnfield $1,329,000 Rossetti/Poti Team 781-718-4662 Lynnfield COMING SOON Nikki Cappadona-Martin 781-710-1440 Lynnfield $1,780,000 Debbie Caniff 617-771-2827 PEABODY Lynnfield $1,649,000 Louise Bova-Touchette 617-605-0555 N. Reading $599,900 Evelyn Rockas 617-256-8500 WEEKLY NEWS Serving the community since 1957 FEBRUARY 15, 2018 • VOL. 62, NO. 7 HONORING THOSE WHO’VE HAD AN IMPACT They include a philanthropic power couple, an innovator who helped sow the seeds for artists’ murals to sprout in downtown Lynn, and an inspirational teen. On March 7, from 6-9 p.m. at the Lynn Museum, 590 Washington St., Essex Media Group (EMG) introduces and honors its 10 Persons of the Year. The inaugural event salutes inspirational people who have improved the quality of life within our communities. The Persons of the Year include Marblehead residents and YMCA benefactors Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo; Swampscott resident and Old Neighborhood Foods owner Tom Demakes; Beyond Walls CEO and founder Al Wilson; and Zack Cummings of Saugus, who galvanized a community fight against HONOR, Page 3 PRSRT STD ECRWSSEDDM U.S. Postage Paid Permit #66 Peabody, MA By Adam Swift Editor 20 PAGES • ONE DOLLAR Taking the polar plunge It seemed like a good idea at the time, Peabody Mayor Edward A. Bettencourt Jr. said just before plunging into the icy waters off Short Beach. Bettencourt, Peabody Police Chief Thomas Griffin, and Sgt. Thomas Harkins took the polar plunge last Thursday afternoon as part of a fundraising effort for Cops for Kids with Cancer. Harkins, along with fellow Peabody officers Justin Cecil, Taryn Brotherton, Jonathan Blodgett, and Michael Bettencourt are running in this year’s Boston Marathon with a goal of raising $50,000 as a team for the non-profit. Thursday’s polar plunge was the result of Harkins’ efforts to kick start fundraising efforts. “I wanted to do something to get fundraising going, and I PLUNGE, Page 3 Recycling containers remain item of debate By Adam Swift Editor The city and its trash and recycling contractor are inching toward an agreement on providing larger, covered recycling containers for residents. It’s been nearly 15 years since JRM Hauling & Recycling’s 18 gallon plastic tubs first hit the streets. Given the amount of complaints several councilors get on a regular basis about recycling spilling out of those bins on trash days, they have said it’s time for JRM to make larger, covered containers available. The question at this point remains who will pay for new containers — residents, the city, or JRM. Above: From left, Peabody Police Sgt. James Harkins, Mayor Edward A. Bettencourt, and Chief Tom Griffin take a polar plunge at Short Beach in Nahant to raise money for Cops For Kids With Cancer. Left: The trio survived the plunge. PHOTOS | SPENSER HASAK “I understand that people are looking to get bins that are covered to limit trash blowing away and want us to look at coming up with uniform bins for the city, but that can be very costly,” said Peter Gamache, JRM’s general manager. He said he would research the cost RECYCLING, Page 3 Page 2: Sign O’ the times Page 5: Lynnfield native to lead Combined Jewish Philanthropies Page 9: How I met my sweetheart Page 11: Record-setting week for girls hockey