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The #1 Selling Real Estate Brokerage in Peabody* *MLSPIN data 1/1/18-6/19/2018 PEABODY WEEKLY LYNNFIELD PENDING $599,900 Nikki Cappadona-Martin 781-710-1440 LYNNFIELD $1,899,000 Louise Bova-Touchette 617-605-0555 MIDDLETON $969,900 Rossetti/Poti Team 781-718-4662 PEABODY NEW $529,900 Joyce Cucchiara 978-808-1597 LYNNFIELD $1,199,000 Debbie Caniff 617-771-2827 NOVEMBER 1, 2018 • VOL. 62, NO. 44 NEWS SERVING THE COMMUNITY SINCE 1957 16 PAGES • ONE DOLLAR IN THE NEWS Page 2 Peabody Rotary hosts Global Grant Page 3 Officer struck by car, recovering from injuries Page 9 Crusaders football team romps into semis PRSRT STD ECRWSSEDDM U.S. Postage Paid Permit #66 Peabody, MA Firefighters sign on the dotted line By Thomas Grillo The city's firefighters and Mayor Edward A. Bettencourt Jr. have agreed to a new three-year, $9.2 million contract. The terms of the accord provides a two percent hike retroactive to July, and 2 percent annually through July 2021. Bettencourt said the deal is on par App-ly yourself at the library PHOTOS | OWEN O’ROURKE Michael Ahearn, left, program librarian at the Peabody Institute Library, teaches a class called ‘Create Your Own Android App’ with students such as Kyle Morais. Chris Ladd, Kyle Morais, Lindy Havice-Morais and Eric Aroke enjoy themselves at the ‘Create Your Own Android App’ class. The next class session is on Monday. with other recently negotiated union contracts. "I've been consistent," he said. "Every contract I've done has been a two percent raise across the board. We've settled teachers and police at two percent, parity is extremely important." While the raises total $185,000 FIREFIGHTERS, PAGE 2 Rewrite coming for 1916 City Charter By Thomas Grillo If City Councilor-at-Large David Gravel gets his way, the city’s 102-year-old City Charter will get a rewrite. “There’s a ton of funny language in there, such as women can only run for school committee,” he said. “There are all sorts of gender specific things like that. Of course, many of these provisions have been overridden by state law, but our charter should reflect today.” The 23-page charter repeatedly refers to the mayor as “he” and keeps women off the City Council. Of course, many of these provisions have been overridden by state law. Women have served on the City Council for more than four decades. But there hasn’t been a woman mayor yet. A reference to the mayor’s salary is an eye opener. Section 23 limits the chief executive’s pay to $2,000 annually. That’s $38.46 per week or 96 cents an hour for a 40-hour week. CHARTER, PAGE 3 SOLD! PENDING The #1 Selling Real Estate Brokerage in Peabody* MIDDLETON $1,299,999 ANDOVER $2,988,000 STONEHAM $499,900 LYNNFIELD $749,900 MERRIMAC $329,000 *MLSPIN data 1/1/18-6/19/2018 Karen Johnson 781-367-8482 Nikki Cappadona-Martin 781-710-1440 Steve Macdonald 508-982-5005 Dan Donovan 617-304-9976 Reggie Lemelin 978-979-6262