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2 WEEKLYNEWS.NET - 978-532-5880 MARCH 1, 2018 North Shore Lobster hopes to make a splash PHOTO | OWEN O'ROURKE The ribbon cutting for the grand opening of North Shore Lobster & SeaGrilz Restaurant on Route One in Peabody. Pictured from left, Chris Feazel, Teresa Reade, Brian Vinagro, James Faro, owner, Lisa Faro, Mike Sanford, Mayor Edward A. Bettencourt Jr., Lynn Feazel and Pete Diffendal get ready to cut the ribbon. FREE INSTALLATION! STORM DOORS ONLY For all storm doors ordered during the month of February STORM DOORS - STORM WINDOWS TUB & SHOWER ENCLOSURES REPLACEMENT WINDOWS Service Guaranteed for Life BUILDING SPECIALTIES John C. 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That’s because Peabody Main Streets $9.99 is bringing back the wildly successful Pop Up Ice Bar to the Courthouse Plaza. The event starts at 6 p.m. and is expected to run until 9 p.m. 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 By Adam Swift Editor Be careful if anyone comes up to you asking for donations for the victims of Puerto Rico. Early Sunday afternoon, a caller reported that there was a car parked near Tennessee’s BBQ on Andover Street with two adults having children ask for donations for “The Victims of Puerto Rico.” According to police, the car that was spotted has been used in Peabody in the past in a similar scam. 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First time participants • Boxing gloves with sign-up BRUCE MCCORRY’S MARTIAL ARTS Est. 1978 978-535-7878 www INDEX Classifieds ........................................................................... 12-16 Police Log ................................................................................... 4 Real Estate .......................................................................... 13-16 Religious Notes .........................................................................11 Seniors ....................................................................................... 6 Sports .....................................................................................7-10 Police end donation scam The car left the parking lot and headed eastbound on Andover Street before being stopped at Walgreens. Police reported that the party was advised not to return to the city after lying about the donation fund. A citation was also issued for failure to wear a seatbelt. Those looking to make a legitimate donation to the victims of last year’s hurricane in Puerto Rico can visit the online payment center to donate to North Shore Puerto Rico Disaster Relief on the city’s website at Community volunteers will be serving from a customized ice bar and luge created just for Peabody Main Streets. Ipswich Ale Brewery will be on site with their old-fashioned beer truck and will have an assortment of craft brews to choose from. North Shore Lobster, formerly the SeaWitch, will be offering up their delicious New England clam chowder. Music and entertainment will be provided by DJ Rick DeSanctis, who will play today’s top hits and all-time party favorites. Cornhole fanatics will have a chance to show off their skills and challenge their family and friends to some good-natured competition. Ice bar attendees can enjoy a cold beer by the fire but are advised to dress in appropriate New England winter attire. “The cold winter months can drag on seemingly forever,” said Mayor Ted Bettencourt, “It will be nice to embrace our chilly climate and enjoy a night out in the Square.” The mayor mentioned that the pop-up events put on by Peabody Main Streets and the city have made a positive impact on the local economy. “People love these popup events downtown. They make a night out of it by having dinner at one of our great restaurants and then head on over to the plaza for the pop-up.” Price of admission to the Pop-Up Ice Bar is $5.00 per person. Those proceeds will go toward future Peabody Main Streets events. Attendees who show a receipt from a downtown area restaurant can receive 1 free admission. Those ages 21+ will be able to purchase alcoholic beverages from multiple stations. For more information on Peabody Main Streets, you can visit their website at

MARCH 1, 2018 WEEKLYNEWS.NET - 978-532-5880 3 MAYOR From Page 1 Mayor gets a pay hike about council pay being tied into the mayor’s salary rather than the mayor’s salary itself. Councilor-at-Large Anne Manning-Martin voted present on the raise. “I am in full favor of giving the current mayor and the position the increase we are requesting,” said Melville. “My issue is that this raise also impacts the council’s salary. Back in 2013 when this was put in place, it was something that I disagreed with then and it’s something that I disagree By Adam Swift Editor with now.” Councilors’ salary is 9 percent of the mayor’s salary. Ward 6 Councilor Mark O’Neill said that he would be donating his salary increase to a scholarship fund or other non-profit. He also suggested that the council look at separating its salary from the mayor’s salary. Rather than cutting the council’s salary from the mayor’s salary, Councilor-at-Large Tom Rossignoll said the council could look at lowering the percentage. Councilor-at-Large David Gravel said that while the 9 percent raise might look large in comparison to other city raises, he noted that the increase doesn’t take into account the past years where the mayor has not taken a raise. “As the CEO of a $165 million organization, is it worth $120,000?” he said. “I don’t think you can argue that. Where we went wrong is when Mayor Bonfanti was here was allowing him to not allow us to adjust the position to make it more competitive over time. Moving that at the same rate as the unions moved 2 and 3 percent over the years, we would be at $120,000.” Walsh running for reelection State Rep. Thomas Walsh (D-Peabody) is running for a second full term on Beacon Hill. Walsh, who also served Peabody as a state representative in the late 1980s and early ‘90s, won a special election in 2016 for the 12th Essex District seat. Later that year, he ran unopposed for a full term representing the district, which includes all of Peabody with the exception of West Peabody’s Ward 6. “I’ve taken nomination papers out and I’ve been collecting signatures for the past week to 10 days,” said Walsh. The representative said his focus in office is on local issues, especially economic development for the city. Walsh said he considers himself almost as a 12th city councilor looking out for Peabody’s interests. Walsh was an at-large councilor before winning the special election in 2016, and decided not to run for reelection to the council in 2017 so he could devote his time to being a state representative. “On the local level, I successfully helped shepherd Looking for past issues? 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On a statewide level, Walsh has been involved with efforts to set up an opioid database, has worked to strengthen the state’s sex offender registry board, and is on the new foster care subcommittee. “Local issues are my most important focus, and I will continue to advocate for Peabody as I run for another term,” Walsh said. Visit our website at: GET A JUMP PAUL A. WACKS ENROLLED AGENT - MASTERS IN TAXATION TAX SERVICE Since 1975 •INDIVIDUAL• • BUSINESS • TRUSTS • 978-535-5494 ON THE SPRING MARKET If you’re thinking of selling, now is the time. 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