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2 WEEKLYNEWS.NET - 978-532-5880 FEBRUARY 15, 2018 Classifieds ........................................................................... 17-20 Police Log ...................................................................................4 Real Estate .......................................................................... 17-20 Religious Notes ..........................................................................8 Seniors .......................................................................................6 Sports .................................................................................. 11-15 Now Accepting Applications for SUMMER DAY CAMP Ages 4.5 to 14 Jim Loscutoff’s CAMP EVERGREEN Our 55 th Year Providing a Wonderful Camping Experience for Boys & Girls in a Natural Forest Setting. 2 Pools • Softball • Tennis • Archery • Boating and More!!! Door to Door Transportation February & April School Vacation Camp Available Phone: 978.475.2502 166 Jenkins Road, Andover, MA This camp complies with the regulations of the M.D.P.H. & is licensed by the Andover Board of Health. Pre-Schoolers Love Martial Arts Fun, Games, Adventure and the first steps toward: CONFIDENCE SELF-ESTEEM AND DISCIPLINE FREE INTRODUCTORY COURSE FREE UNIFORM with enrollment INDEX Amergent’s successful food drive to benefit Haven From Hunger COURTESY PHOTO Back row, from left: Denise Benavides, Sylvia Atkinson, Mary Bogucki, Carla Ramlal. Front row, from left: Kim Young, Charlene Ellis, Jane Eyler, Dawn Chen, Jennifer Colby. Amergent employees pose with a sampling of the more than 600 pounds of food that the Peabody-based company donated to Haven from Hunger, a program of Citizens Inn, along with a donation check representing the $3,000 that employees also donated during the company’s recent food drive. For more information about Amergent, visit or contact Amy Ouellette at 978-278-1942 or Route 1 South, Newbury Street, Peabody By Adam Swift Editor The City of Peabody has launched an official Twitter account, @CityofPeabodyMA, which can also be accessed by individuals without Twitter accounts by visiting www.twitter. com/CityofPeabodyMA. The account will be used to distribute news, public notices, and other relevant information. “Helping to keep taxpayers and our other stakeholders informed is an important function of municipal $9.99 Sign O’ the times government,” said Mayor Edward A. Bettencourt, Jr. “Social media enables us to distribute news and information quickly and accurately to a growing segment of the population.” Peabody is by no means new to social media. The city has an official Facebook page, https://www.facebook. com/PeabodyGov/ or PeabodyGov with over 3,000 followers. Several city departments utilize social media to promote their own John C. Olimpio CPA Certified Public Accountant • Attorney at Law 161 South Main Street Suite 307 • Middleton, MA 01949 • INCOME TAX RETURN PREPARATION • Estate Planning• Wills and Trust Preparation• Business Planning and Consulting •Financial Statements Preparation• Real Estate Transactions and Closings • Internal Revenue Service and Massachusetts Department of Revenue Matters 978-750-6699 At least one city councilor has had enough of flag-like business signs flapping in the breeze. The council met with Al Talarico, the city’s building inspector, to discuss the overflow of flags, banners, A-frames, and other assorted signs throughout Peabody. It took a little bit of conversation to determine just what the biggest culprits are causing sign pollution. “I’m opposed to the flags that plunge into the ground and sit there and flap,” said Ward 5 Councilor Joel Saslaw. There was some discussion about the A-frame signs that typically sit outside businesses on sidewalks as well as more traditional banner signs. But Saslaw, Talarico, and the other councilors zeroed in how to deal with the newer style planted flag signs, which can often be seen outside used-car dealerships, sub shops, and coffee shops. “They do take up a lot of room, and it’s an eyesore,” said Talarico. “But as long as the city approves of them, there’s not much that we can do about it.” Saslaw made a motion to ban the flag signs in the city, but Councilor-at-Large Tom Gould pointed out that prohibiting those types of flags outright would require a zoning change. Rather than moving forward with a zoning charge, Councilor-at-Large Tom Rossignoll suggested city officials see if the sign issue improves after the building • • All Services Provided for Businesses and Individuals (Located across from Richardson’s Ice Cream) First time participants • Boxing gloves with sign-up BRUCE MCCORRY’S MARTIAL ARTS Est. 1978 978-535-7878 www department hires the newly created position of a zoning enforcement officer. Talarico said there are rules for how long unattached or freestanding signs can stay in one place, and with increased enforcement, some of the issues could be addressed. “Like we did with lawn signs, we can start targeting certain areas of the city and educate businesses,” he said. “Route 1 is a concern, we can send a couple of guys through and talk to the businesses about the flag.” Councilors said they would take up the matter again in four to five months to see if greater enforcement helps lessen the sign nuisance. “The issue is the signs go up and never come down and it just doesn’t look good,” Saslaw said. City launches official Twitter account unique programs and services. Mayor Bettencourt maintains a Facebook account, https://www.facebook. com/tedbettencourt/ or @ tedbettencourt and a Twitter account @peabodymayor with over 4,000 combined followers. Residents can also sign up to receive city news and announcements by phone, email or text by visiting the city’s official web page www. and clicking on the ‘CodeRed’ icon. George and Rachel Shaw scholarship applications available Applications for the George & Rachel Shaw Scholarship administered by the Peabody Historical Society and funded by Sylvia & Ralph Marble are available at Society Headquarters, 35 Washington Street, Peabody or by mail. The scholarship is for $3000. To be eligible, a student must be (1) a resident of Peabody, (2) completing their sophomore year in college or beyond, and (3) a full-time college student carrying at least twelve credits per semester. For an application, call the Society at 978-531- 0805 or from our website scholarship-opportunities/ Submission deadline is March 30. We want to hear from you! Send us a letter at Letters should be no more than 300 words.

FEBRUARY 15, 2018 WEEKLYNEWS.NET - 978-532-5880 3 RECYCLING From Page 1 Recycling containers remain item of debate of new bins, and also noted that residents can use their own bins or barrels and get a recycling sticker from the city to put on them. “As long as it is away from the trash and we can identify it, we will pick it up,” said Gamache. Councilor-at-Large David Gravel said it would make sense for JRM to provide new bins for residents, since it would increase recycling and profits for the company. Please come out and help support PVMHS Class of 2018 at their March 3rd Auction from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Torigian Community Life Center, 79 Central Street. There will be silent and live auctions, raffles, pizza tasting and the Golden Ticket Raffle ticket will be drawn that night. The grand prize winner will take home fifty $30 scratch tickets, and nine runner up prize winners will take home a $30 scratch ticket. Chances still available. 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Peabody • Since 1978 • 978-531-7766 • After “It seems to me that providing a bin that is more usable than the current bins would help citizens out,” he said. “It would be a great service to provide for the city, I think.” Gravel also suggested that rather than residents buying larger bins on their own, JRM could pre-order several thousand 24 gallon covered bins at a lower cost and have residents pick them up at a centralized location. “A number of residents would be happy to buy recycling bins with covers and get a better deal than they would at Home Depot,” he said. The city could also look at buying containers in bulk, since it might be able to get a better deal than a private company, Gamache said. He said he would review pricing options for the covered bins and bring it back to the council. Ward 2 Councilor Peter McGinn said Gamache should also review pricing for bins larger than 24 gallons. Honoring those who’ve had an impact HONOR From Page 1 cancer even while undergoing treatment. Nahant resident and former Lynn Mayor Tom Costin is a Person of the Year for his decades of generosity. Revere resident Monse Torres-Hood is honored for her work empowering the Latino community. Malden’s Anne D’Urso-Rose worked with Malden Reads to harness literature’s ability to forge community unity. PVMHS Class of ‘18 to host auction Find our Pets of the week and others at In a similar vein, Lynnfield for Love focused the town’s energies on kindness and racial amity; and John Veneziano of Medford and Tom Gould of Peabody are honored for translating their entrepreneurial skills into community-building efforts. EMG invites everyone to take part in the Person of the Year celebration on March 7 and to help launch an annual tradition dedicated to honoring people who go above and beyond to make their community a better place to live in. Tickets may be purchased by going to or calling EMG at (781) 593- 7700. For answers to any questions, please contact EMG Community Relations Director Carolina Trujillo at ctrujillo@essexmediagroup. com. Looking for past issues? Find them on Visit our website at: Taking the plunge PLUNGE From Page 1 came up with this idiotic idea,” said Harkins. “I said that if I raised $1,000, I would jump into the water.” Harkins raised the $1,000 within a few days, and also got the backing from his chief. Griffin said he would join in the polar plunge if he raised $1,000, with Bettencourt then throwing in his support with another $1,000 and a promise to make the icy dip. It was the first plunge for Harkins and Bettencourt, but Griffin, who has taken a winter dip a time or two before for charity, had some advice for the newcomers. “Get in and get out, have something on your feet, and have the towel ready,” said the chief. “Running back is the worst part; you’re wet and it’s freezing.” The mayor showed up for the plunge robed and ready, looking like he was about to sprint up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. “It’s a great cause,” said Bettencourt. “I’ve been getting ready for it. I’ve been trying to take cold showers, but it hasn’t been working out. It seemed like a good idea at the time.” .50% 2APY* 30-Month CertifiCateofDeposit 978-462-3106 • The ultimate goal of the plunge was to raise money for Harkins and the other officers’ Cops for Kids with Cancer marathon run. “Having three kids myself, this is something that hits home for me,” said Harkins. The non-profit organization, which started in 2002, donates $5,000 each to families of children with cancer to help alleviate the stress that comes with the burden of paying medical bills. The next big fundraiser for the police marathon team is the Best Chicken Wings of the North Shore contest at the Holy Ghost Society on Howley Street on Friday, March 16. Anyone with questions about the fundraisers can contact officer Justin Cecil at 978-836-1653 or email This Rate. Open at any of our offices in Newburyport, Beverly, Boxford, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Middleton, Rockport, Rowley, Salisbury or Topsfield. February is HEART HEALTH MONTH PAUL A. WACKS ENROLLED AGENT - MASTERS IN TAXATION TAX SERVICE Since 1975 •INDIVIDUAL• • BUSINESS • TRUSTS • 978-535-5494 Member FDIC Member DIF *Annual Percentage Yield (APY) is effective 2/12/18. Term deposit rates and APYs are fixed for the duration of the term. 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