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4 WEEKLYNEWS.NET - 978-532-5880 APRIL 12, 2018 PEABODY WEEKLY NEWS Serving the community since 1957 (USPS #66) Telephone: (978) 532-5880 • Fax: (978) 532-4250 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 5, Lynn, MA 01903 News and Advertising Offices: 110 Munroe St., Lynn, MA 01901 Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday www.weeklynews.net Editor: Adam Swift aswift@essexmediagroup.com Sports Editor: Anne Marie Tobin atobin@essexmediagroup.com Advertising Reps: Ralph Mitchell rmitchell@essexmediagroup.com Patricia Whalen pwhalen@essexmediagroup.com Michele Iannaco miannaco@essexmediagroup.com Peter Battinelli pbattinelli@essexmediagroup.com Ernie Carpenter ecarpenter@essexmediagroup.com Subscription Rate: $35 per year (52 issues) • Single Copy: $1.00 Deadlines: News: Monday, noon; Display Ads: Monday, noon; Classified Ads: Monday, noon; No cancellations accepted after deadline. The Peabody Weekly News is published 52 times per year on Thursday by Essex Media Group, Inc. No issue is printed during the week of Christmas. The Peabody Weekly News is delivered via US Mail to homes and businesses in Peabody. It is also available in several locations throughout Peabody. The Peabody Weekly News will not be responsible for typographical or other errors in advertisements, but will reprint that part of an advertisement in which a typographical error occurs if notified immediately. Advertisers must notify the Peabody Weekly News of any errors in advertisements on the FIRST day of insertion. The publisher reserves the right to reject, omit or edit any copy offered for publication. Friday, April 6 At 7:51 a.m., there was a motor vehicle accident on Lowell Street. At 11:44 a.m., there was a report of a past hit and run accident on Essex Center Drive. At 12:15 p.m., a motor vehicle hit a turkey on Lowell Street. The DPW was called to remove the dead turkey. At 4:16 p.m., there was a hit and run accident on Tremont Street. At 5:46 p.m., there was a motor vehicle accident with injuries on Route 95 South. Saturday, April 7 At 2:28 a.m., there was a motor vehicle accident on Bartholomew Street. At 2:18 p.m., there was a report of a larceny of WWII memorabilia from the Peabody Historical Society. At 7:30 p.m., there was a report of an employee theft at the Police Log Northshore Mall. At 8:21 p.m., there was a motor vehicle accident on Andover Street. At 8:33 p.m., police arrested Nicholas Hernandez, 27, of 4 Andover Drive in Peabody on a warrant. Sunday, April 8 At 1:32 a.m., an intoxicated man who has been locked in the Northshore Mall since closing was transported to Salem Hospital. At 9:48 a.m., there was a motor vehicle accident on Andover Street. At 12:48 p.m., there was a motor vehicle accident on Lowell Street. At 4:48 p.m., there was a report of the past shoplifting of $191 in dog treats from the Stop & Shop on Howley Street. At 9:39 p.m., there was a report of a fight on Elm Street. An officer spoke with the group and they left the area for the night. Monday, April 9 At 6 a.m., there was a report of a rock thrown through a motor vehicle on Goodale Street. At 8:49 a.m., there was a motor vehicle accident on Moody Street. At 8:53 a.m., there was a motor vehicle accident on Lowell Street at Jennifer Lane. At 10:24 a.m., tools were reported stolen on Garden Road. At 10:43 a.m., a caller left a voice message reporting that her neighbor yells at his two cats. She also alleged that her neighbor’s cats were stolen. There was no answer on callback from animal control. At 2:13 p.m., there was a motor vehicle accident on Gardner Street. At 2:30 p.m., there was a motor vehicle accident on Gardner Street. Letter to the Editor Rethink your child’s education Are your children taught to their full potential? Send your child to a school where teachers help students meet their full potential and develop the confidence to succeed academically and personally. Rethink your child’s education. Visit epsteinhillel.org/rethink_education 20 Formerly Cohen Hillel Academy MARBLEHEAD, MA | EPSTEINHILLEL.ORG | 781.639.2880 MAIL TO PEABODY WEEKLY NEWS, P.O. BOX 5, LYNN, MA 01903 CHECKS AND MONEY ORDERS ALSO ACCEPTED. MAKE PAYABLE TO: ESSEX MEDIA GROUP, INC. A TAXING ISSUE The Peabody Institute Library is pleased to announce the next meeting of the “Creative Circle” Writing Group. This event will be held on Tuesday, April 17 at 7 p.m. at the Main Library, located at 82 Main St. in Peabody. New members always welcome. Poets, writers, songwriters, lend me your ears! Looking to hone your craft? Looking to unlock your creativity? Or maybe you feel like you don’t have an artistic bone in your body but would love to learn more about the creative process! The Creative Circle will be meeting on the third Tuesday of each month to discuss the artistic process and get the creative juices flowing with fun writing prompts for songwriters, poets, and writers alike. Every artist is different, and every song/poem/book has its A TRADITION OF TRUST, CARING & PROFESSIONAL SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY SINCE 1952 ▲ Service to all faiths ▲ Complete Pre-Need Planning ▲ Medicaid Approved Trust & Insurance Plans 19 YALE AVE., WAKEFIELD, MASS. To the Editor, Apparently, according to City Councilor, David Gravel, the first Amendment to the US Constitution should not exist in Peabody! To quote Councilor David Gravel from the City Council Meeting on March 22, 2018: “I don’t think anyone has the right to make the claim unless they own one of those businesses and their taxes went down. But as a business owner in this city and knowledge of many business owners in this city. I don’t think there is anybody who is going: Hoorah: “Our taxes went down last year”… Councilor: The first amendment stills exists in this country and in this city! Thank GOD and our founders (whether you think it is right or not)! For the 85% of the Peabody businesses that got another tax break in FY18, HOORAH. Thank the Peabody homeowners for covering the difference, again! As to your remarks that Peabody businesses receive ZERO benefits from the city: Ask the business owner on Fifth Ave. who had Peabody firefighters working there 24/7 ▲ Spacious Modern Facilities ▲ Ample Private Parking ▲ Handicapped Accessible Area Code 781 245-3550 • 334-9966 Conveniently Located off Exit 39 (North Ave.) Rt. 128 protecting his property and the neighborhood for days whether he received zero benefits! Dave: You really should have read the Mayor’s 2018 Tax Classification breakdown (Dec.7, 2017, pg. 16), 85% of Peabody businesses get a tax cut!) Can you count? Businesses DECREASES (CIP): 401+205+58= 664 out of 786 HOORAH TAX cuts for Peabody Businesses!!! Someday maybe, I will explain to you the tax game they are playing on US! You still don’t get it! Russell Donovan “Creative Circle” Writing Group at the Peabody Institute Library own unique way of coming into being, but we will discuss common struggles, like writers’ block and self-doubt, and talk about how to deal with such roadblocks when they arise. Participants will have the option of sharing work with the group for feedback and guidance (it’s optional!), and because we will be meeting on a regular basis, it’s a great opportunity to find inspiration and support from your fellow creatives in the group. Whether you’re a seasoned author with ten novels under your belt, or a fledgling artist who has always dreamed of putting pen to paper, there is a place for you in the Creative Circle! For more information and to register, please call 978-531- 0100 ext. 10, or register online at http://www.peabodylibrary. org.

APRIL 12, 2018 WEEKLYNEWS.NET - 978-532-5880 5 Local family aware of the value of Early Intervention By Paul Halloran Zhixiong Wu of Malden is looking to transfer a special permit from Mike and Lil’s Black Sheep Pub and Grill Restaurant at 5 Central St., into his name and open an Asian and sushi restaurant. As the world prepared to mark Autism Awareness Day – kicking off Autism Awareness Month in April – a Peabody family can attest to the benefit of Early Intervention services. Nathan Suffriti and his 5-year-old twin brother, Evan, were referred to Early Intervention shortly after birth. Evan was born with torticollis – a stiffening of the neck – and, because the twins were premature, both started receiving Early Intervention when they were only six weeks old. The services were provided by Aspire Developmental Services – at that time known as North Shore Infant and Toddler. The home-based program includes developmental specialists, speech, occupational and physical therapy, as well as social work. The idea is to compensate for developmental delays. As the twins grew, their parents, Hayley and Jason, noticed differences in their development; Nathan was not reaching the same milestones as Evan. Ariel Wallen, Aspire’s Early Support program director and the Suffritis’ service coordinator, recommended an evaluation by a developmental pediatrician. At the age of 2 years, 9 months, Nathan was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. “It was very hard,” his mother said. “But Ariel was instrumental in helping us navigate the system as Nathan was preparing to age out of EI.” Wallen and a few of Nathan’s other therapists accompanied the family to its first IEP meeting with Peabody Public Schools. “They helped me get both boys into pre-school,” Hayley Suffriti said. “It was clear that Nathan needed a smaller classroom setting, with some additional supports,” Wallen said. Nathan now attends school at the Aspire Learning Center in Beverly (not affiliated with Aspire Developmental), a school for children with developmental disabilities, including autism. He also receives occupational therapy services at home, as does Evan, who is also in pre-school. While Nathan has his challenges, his mother said he is in a much better place having received a plethora of services virtually his entire life. “I can’t speak highly enough of the people at Aspire,” she said. “They have been wonderful from the beginning. I don’t think we would have survived the first three years without them. With autism affecting 1 in 68 children, it is very important that they receive services at an early age. That’s where Aspire comes in.” Aspire’s Early Intervention Program, established in 1974, provides services to more than 2,200 families on the North Shore each year. Early Intervention services are available to eligible children, from newborn to age 3, who Twin brothers Evan, left, and Nathan Suffriti were helped by Aspire Developmental Services when they were born prematurely. COURTESY PHOTO have or are at risk for developmental delays due to established biological or environmental factors. The Aspire Early Intervention program provides family-centered, home-based services to facilitate the developmental progress of children. New restaurant coming to downtown PHOTO | ADAM SWIFT By Adam Swift Editor As work continues on several restaurants on Main Street slated to open this spring, a local eatery at the corner of Walnut and Central streets looks to soon have a new owner and name. Zhixiong Wu of Malden is looking to transfer a special permit from Mike and Lil’s Black Sheep Pub and Grill Restaurant at 5 Central St., into his name and open an Asian and sushi restaurant at the location, according to Albert Talarico, the city’s building inspector. Zwu’s Asian Cuisine would be a full-service establishment serving Japanese and Asian fusion food along with alcoholic beverages. The seating at the restaurant would remain at 132, but there would be some interior renovations for a new sushi bar, according to the building inspector. Wu will also be looking to transfer existing liquor and entertainment licenses for the new restaurant. He has over a decade experience in the restaurant business and is also the coowner of Feng’s Asian Cuisine in Wakefield. The Black Sheep Pub and Grill opened in 2013. Before that, the space was home to the Fire Bull Brazilian restaurant. This summer should see several new or relocated restaurants in downtown Peabody. Last week, the city council approved a special permit for Granite Coast Brewing to open a brewery and tasting room at 77 Main Street. Owners Jeff Marquis and Robert Dunn have said they want the 2,700-foot space to be a place where people can enjoy a rotating selection of homemade brews either inside or on their proposed patio. Marquis and Dunn stated they do not plan on providing any food service at the brewery. However, there will be options close by. The NexMex Thing restaurant, currently on Lowell Street, is making a move to bigger quarters on Main Street next to Granite Coast. And the renovated O’Shea Building at 1-3 Main Street will be the new home of Brodie’s Pub and La Siesta Restaurante, which currently has a location in Winthrop. We want to hear from you! Send us a letter at editor@weeklynews.net. Letters should be no more than 300 words. KING’S SPA Treat Yourself to a relaxing massage and get $ 5 off with this ad 226 South Main St. Middleton, MA 917-518-9138 Adjacent to the DeMoulas Market