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JULY 8, 2021 • VOL. 60, NO. 27



Thrills of a Life Time

By Anne MArie ToBin


A man shoots hoops on one of the two full-sized basketball

courts at Life Time North Shore in Peabody.

With ONEPossible, hope is possible

By Anne MArie ToBin

PEABODY — The Progeria Research Foundation’s (PRF) annual

ONEPossible campaign is nearing the finish line of raising $110,000 by

the end of July.

So far the campaign has raised nearly $77,000, but thanks to an anonymous

donor, the campaign is on solid footing to reach its goal sooner

rather than later.

“We had an anonymous donor who said he will match $10,000 in

donations through July 15, so that should help us reach our goal,” said

PRF President and Executive Director Audrey Gordon. “This is our annual

mid-year campaign that focuses on our belief that even one person

making even a small donation can make a difference and help make a

cure possible.

“We are all about research seeds blooming into a cure. We want people

to know how important they are to us as it all adds up; whether it’s $25 or

$2,500, we can’t attain our mission without them.”

The goal of the campaign, which kicked off in June, is to help PRF continue

its work toward developing new treatments, and ultimately finding

a cure for progeria, an extremely rare and fatal rapid-aging disease that

strikes down children and young adults in their teens, usually by heart

disease or strokes more commonly found in the elderly population.

PEABODY — Life Time North Shore, a new, 120,000-squarefoot

athletic resort and spa at the Northshore Mall, is banking on

being the place to be when it comes to fitness, family and fun.

Make no mistake — this is not your parent’s workout facility.

Simply put, it might be the most luxurious experience a fitness fanatic

will ever have. Hard as it is to imagine, this place used to be

a parking lot.

The product of a unique partnership with mall owner Simon

Property Group, Life Time is hoping it will become a destination

for consumers.

“We hope that this will help drive people back to the mall and

reinvigorate it, but we also feel this will become a destination

place where people want to be,” said General Manager Andrew

O’Donnell. “People are dying to get out of their homes and are prioritizing

their health and wellness more than ever. It’s about more

than fitness — it’s about being happy and healthy for life.”




Audrey Gordon is the co-founder of the

Peabody-based Progeria Research Foundation,

an organization funding research into

the extremely rare and incurable disease

that causes accelerated aging in kids and

young adults.


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PEABODY — Money for the Canal

RiverWalk construction project is in a

transportation and environmental protection

legislation advancing through

Congress, said. U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton.

The Investing in a New Vision for

Environment and Surface Transportation

(INVEST) in America Act includes

$19.6 million for Sixth Congressional

District money, including the RiverWalk.

Moulton requested the money through

the House Committee on Transportation

and Infrastructure back in May. He is a

member of the committee.

The Canal RiverWalk construction will

create a multimodal riverwalk while simultaneously

replacing the failing south

canal wall in Peabody.

The legislation must still advance

through the Senate, which has yet to pass

its own surface transportation bill, and

Moulton in a press statement last week

said Democrats anticipate a fight over the

bill with Republicans who oppose inclusion

of Member Designated Projects.

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members of Congress to request funding


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Life Time North Shore, a 120,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art fitness and spa facility opened to the public last Friday. The facility is located at the Northshore Mall.


From page 1

O’Donnell said the facility

caters to members within a

25- to 30-minute driving radius,

reaching as far north as

Gloucester and into southern

New Hampshire.

You name it — Life Time has

it. Its three floors contain everything

you can imagine relating

to health, exercise and wellness

along with indoor and outdoor

aquatic centers. The indoor

center contains three pools, including

lap and leisure pools,

hot tubs and swim lessons for

all ages.

Just a stone’s throw from

Route 114 and 128, the outdoor

facility feels more like an oasis

with two water slides, rentable

cabanas for groups of up to six

and 350 lounge chairs. It even

has a poolside bistro with a full

liquor license and service right

to your chair.

Life Time opened its doors

to the public July 2. After finishing

a workout, Gloucester

resident Nicolle Sugre went to

“work” in the first-floor lounge.

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“It’s just nice to get out,” she

said. “I’m so sick of looking at

my home office.”

Sugre said Life Time is the

perfect home office away from


“The plan is to come here five

days a week,” Sugre said. “It

depends on the season. I love to

run outside, but not in this heat.

This is a perfect option for the

days when I can’t run outside.”

The lounge features free wi-fi

and a coffee bar with a rolling

beer tap and full liquor license.

Across the lobby is LifeCafe,

a nutrition-focused, fast-casual

cafe featuring a full menu and

grab-and-go assortments, along

with Peet’s coffee.

“It’s all healthy food with

many options to meet our members’

dietary needs,” O’Donnell

said. “It’s a perfect place to grab

something quickly on your way

out or you can also have sitdown


The facility has a full-service

spa (hair, facials, nails, etc.)

which is open to non-members.

The spa has specially-insulated

walls to block out noise, ensuring

a tranquil experience.

The entire facility has enhanced,

hospital-grade air filters for enhanced

comfort and safety.

Life Time features dedicated

studios for unique group fitness,

cycle, yoga and Pilates and a

Barre dance studio. One-on-one

personal training and smallgroup

personal training classes

are offered. Members can live

stream from home for cycle and

yoga classes via a Life Time

app. Members can sign up for

classes or check schedules using

large touch-screen monitors located

throughout the building.

The third floor has more than

400 pieces of top-notch cardiovascular

training equipment.

A Kids Academy is available

for child care needs for

kids from three months to 12

years for up to three hours per

day. The academy features tumbling,

martial arts, language and

learning classes as well as a

basketball court.

Life Time even has a licensed

chiropractor on site in

its LT Recovery center which

offers members a multitude of

workout recovery opportunities

including metabolic assessments

and nutrition coaching

along with full chiropractic and

physical therapy care.

Dr. Don Levin, DC said Life

Time fulfills the needs of consumers

whose lifestyle needs

are rapidly changing.

“I’ve always worked in gyms,

but this is different as it is a

completely holistic approach


The LifeCafe at Life Time North Shore in Peabody offers fast-casual


to health and gives people the

services they now want and deserve,”

he said.

There are two full-size basketball

courts, which are home

to Ultimate Hoops leagues and

also offer skill instruction.

There are three separate

locker rooms with whirlpools,

saunas and steam rooms.

Members enjoy complimentary

towel and locker service and

body products. There is also

a dressing room for families.

O”Donnell said basic membership

starts at $179 per month.

“With the addition of

Northshore (Mall), we now

offer five Life Time destinations

offering amazing health,

wellness, sport and lifestyle

experiences designed to support

healthy, happy lives for all

ages,” says Life Time President

and COO Jeff Zwiefel. “The

addition of our Life Time experience,

combined with all

that Simon offers at Northshore

Mall, is game-changing for

members, residents and the

broader community.”

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ONEPossible reaching

fundraising goal


From page 1

Gordon said that PRF had

identified 195 children with

progeria, which represents

about half the children suffering

from the disease worldwide.

About 60 of those children, representing

30 countries, are participants

in a PRF trial in which

families incur no expenses.

Donations, food, transportation

and lodging are provided by

PRF, while drug costs are covered

by health insurance.

Since awarding its first research

grant in 1999, PRF has

worked with world-class scientists

to develop novel breakthroughs

and treatments which

help children with progeria live

longer, healthier lives. PRF has

sponsored five clinical drug

trials and funded 77 grants totaling

$8.4 million. PRF has

also created a cell and tissue

bank along with a medical and

research database containing information

on 191 children, and

has sponsored 13 international

scientific meetings.

“We pretty much do it all,

one-stop shopping style, with

everything being conducted

in-house,” Gordon said. “We

thought the best route was to

control our own resources.”

In November 2020, 13 years

of research that included four

PRF-coordinated clinical trials

culminated with FDA approval

of Zokinvy (lonafarnib), the

first-ever treatment for progeria,

opening the door for children

and young adults to get the

drug by prescription instead of

by clinical trials — the drug

adds two 1/2 years to life expectancy.

Without treatment,

average life expectancy is only

14.5 years.

“We’ve learned that now

instead of talking about children

with progeria, we are now

talking about young adults as

they are living longer,” Gordon


The FDA approval was only

the beginning of what turned

out to be a huge windfall for

PRF. Three days after approval,

PRF announced that it had entered

into an agreement to sell a

priority review voucher to Eiger

BioPharmaceuticals (Eiger) for

$95 million. Under the terms

of the voucher program, PRF

received 50 percent of the net


“It’s basically a government

incentive program designed to

fast track drug development.

Once you have FDA approval,

pharmaceuticals can then approach

us to buy into the process

on a 50-50 basis,” Gordon said.

“We basically sold the voucher

and split the gain, which was a

wonderful boost for us. It came

at the perfect time, knowing we

needed to foot the bills for a

cutting-edge process that could

cost up to $50 million or more

because we are trying to pursue

all avenues to get to clinical

trials so we can develop new

drugs and find a cure.”

The sale proceeds boosted


Audrey Gordon, the co-founder of the Progeria Research Foundation, is pictured with a photo of

her nephew Sam, who was diagnosed with Progeria at the age of two.

PRF total fundraising to more

than $85,000,000.

The Peabody-based foundation

was started in 1999 by

Gordon, her sister, Dr. Leslie

Gordon, and her husband, Dr.

Scott Berns, a year after their

son, Sam, was diagnosed with

progeria at the age of two. He

died in 2014 at the age of 17.

Following the diagnosis, his

parents questioned why there

was virtually no research on or

treatments for the disease.

“Sam was an amazing young

man who was incredibly inspiring

and full of life, a real

blessing,” said Audrey. “But

we learned that there was no

research, most likely because

progeria is the rarest of all

rare diseases that affects only

a small number of people. We

knew that we needed to start a

research foundation, otherwise

these children would continue

to suffer with no hope of a cure.

“We had never really heard

about progeria. I used to think

that I could never go through

what some families have to go

through with things like this,

but we all learned we can — we

just had to do it and that’s what

we did.”

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Nancy A. Delivorias, 84

1937 - 2021

PEABODY - Nancy (Zabielski)

Delivorias, 84, of Peabody passed

away peacefully on June 14,

2021, at the Kaplan Family Hospice

House in Danvers, surrounded

by her loving family. She was

the devoted wife of the late Peter

Delivorias with whom she shared

over 44 years of marriage.

Born and raised in Scranton,

Pennsylvania, she was the daughter

of the late Chester and Alice

(Ferrick) Zabielski. Nancy dedicated

her life to raising her family, doting

on her grandchildren building

loyal friendships and volunteering

at the Red Cross. She was an entertaining

storyteller, competitive

game player and voracious reader.

Most of all, Nancy spread joy and

goodwill to everyone she met. Her

warm personality and infectious

optimism will be missed by family

and friends. Nancy is survived

by her daughters Karen Guilmette

and her husband Stephen of Boxford

and Linda Delivorias and her

wife Mary Kondner of Maryland.

She is also survived by her grandchildren,

Megan Simpson, Brooke

Simpson, Benjamin Kondner, Sara

Guilmette and Kathryn Kondner.

Service Information: Her funeral

will be held on Sunday,


From page 1

for transportation projects. Moulton

has made modernizing the nation’s

transportation system a top priority

and is a leading advocate in

Congress for high-speed rail.

Moulton is also seeking federal

money through INVEST for

double-tracking on the Haverhill

Commuter Rail line, the Lynn

Complete Streets Project and the

Lynn Commuter Rail Station

Rehabilitation project.

Passing the INVEST Act through

the House is a huge step forward

towards funding some of my major

priorities for Massachusetts,” said

Moulton. “These projects will give

people more choices for how they

get around, which means more

freedom from traffic congestion.

It was disappointing to see most

Republicans vote against a transformational

infrastructure bill, and

it remains a fight to get this through

August 22, 2021, at 10:00 AM

at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur

Funeral Home, 82 Lynn Street,

Peabody. In lieu of flowers, expressions

of sympathy can be

made to the Peabody Council

on Aging in memory of Nancy

Delivorias. Friends of the Peabody

Council on Aging, 75R

Central Street, Peabody, MA

01960, or at

Moulton fighting for

RiverWalk money

the Senate, but we are one big step

closer to funding important projects

for the great people I represent.”

If the Senate passes a surface

transportation bill of its own, the

House and Senate will convene to

conference over the two bills before

it eventually heads to the president’s


Every five years, Congress must

authorize the spending of federal

money on the nation’s transportation

system. The INVEST in

America Act is the authorization

bill for the next half decade. It’s

one of three infrastructure proposals

circulating in Washington.

Moulton has also led the effort to

increase funding for high-speed rail

in the infrastructure bills.

This week, Moulton built an

80-person-strong coalition with

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

and Jim Costa and U.S. Sens. Ed

Markey and Kirsten Gillibrand

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Monday, June 28


A report of a hit-and-run

motor vehicle crash at 11:58

a.m. Monday at Chipotle

Mexican Grill at 210C Andover

St.; at 10:41 p.m. Monday at

Peabody Shell at 85 Lynnfield St.

A report of a motor vehicle

crash at 6:58 a.m. Tuesday

at Route 128 North and 0

Centennial Drive; at 8:30 a.m.

Tuesday at 81 Aborn St. and 3

Abbott St.; at 9:26 a.m. Tuesday

at Treadwell’s Ice Cream Stand

at 46 Margin St.


John Mello, 28, of 31 Gardner

St., was arrested on a warrant at

12:11 p.m. Monday.

Jerry A. Nunez, 38, of 19

Spring St., Apt. 2, was arrested

on a warrant at 3:06 p.m.



A report of a traffic hazard at

3:17 p.m. Monday on Route 128

North. An officer was attempting



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to locate a large flag in the street,

but could not find it.

Tuesday, June 29


A report of a motor vehicle

crash at 1:29 p.m. Tuesday at

560 Lowell St.; at 3:16 p.m.

Tuesday at 201 Lynn St. and

2 Fairview Ave.; at 4:42 p.m.

Tuesday at Cardinal Health at 11

Centennial Drive.

A report of a hit-and-run

motor vehicle crash at 4:05 p.m.

Tuesday at 400 Brooksby Village

Drive; at 5:09 p.m. Tuesday at 13

Beckett St.; at 8:49 p.m. Tuesday

at Daniella’s Restaurant at 41

Cross St.

A motor vehicle crash was reported

at 4:44 p.m. Tuesday at

Walgreens at 35 Main St. A caller

reported a motor vehicle struck

a building and parked car. The

building inspector responded

and planned to have it boarded

up by the end of the night.


Joseph M. Haynes, 32, of 95

Main St., Tewksbury, was arrested

on three warrants at 4:31

p.m. Tuesday.

Breaking and Entering

A report of a breaking and entering

at 10:58 p.m. Tuesday at

117 Central St. Police checked

the residence and reported the

call was unfounded.


A neighborhood dispute was

reported at 2:19 p.m. Tuesday

at 261 Newbury St. A woman

reported her neighbor was upset

that Terminix had placed traps in

the area because the neighbor

felt her animals had gotten sick

as a result. Police reported the

traps are not harmful to animals

that they are not intended for.

At 2:56 p.m. Tuesday, a person

walked into the station to report

a fraud totaling $14,413.55.

A report of a neighborhood

dispute at 11:13 p.m. Tuesday at

2203 Crane Brook Way. A caller

reported he was annoyed with

the upstairs neighbors. Police

reported the complaints were



Two bicycles, valued at $1,500

each, were reported stolen at

3:30 p.m. Tuesday at 24 Essex


A report of a larceny at 4:19

p.m. Tuesday at 1310 Crane

Brook Way. Stolen medication

was reported.

A report of a stolen motor vehicle

at 4:32 p.m. Tuesday at 116

Main St.

At 7:27 p.m. Tuesday, a

caller from Tannery Two at 12

Crowninshield St. reported she

was scammed out of $500.

The caller was the victim of an

Amazon scam.

Wednesday, June 30


Report of a motor vehicle accident

Wednesday at 3:19 p.m.

on Wallis Street. A car backed

into a cruiser.

Report of a motor vehicle

accident at 6:26 p.m. at CVS

Pharmacy on Howley Street.

Report of a hit-and-run accident

Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.

on Granite Street. Damage to the

driver’s side door.


Caller reported Wednesday at

2 p.m. reports a fight in progress

with a knife involved outside

of the Extended Stay hotel

on Route 1 south. Orlando

Figueroa, of 255 Timber Creek

Lane, Marietta, Ga., was summoned

to court for threatening

to commit a crime.

A road rage incident was reported

Wednesday at 5:32 p.m.

at Petco, 10 Sylvan St. Party

stated suspect’s vehicle was a

red jeep. No further information

was given.


Caller reports Wednesday at

4:44 p.m. of seeing smoke at

252 Newbury St. Fire damaged

cable wires, causing an outage.


Report Wednesday at 1:05

p.m. of a stolen car at Shaw’s

Supermarket, 2105 Andover St.;

at May’s Men’s and Furniture

Store, 2108 Andover St.


Vandalism reported Wednesday

at 8:28 p.m. at Century House

Restaurant, 235 Andover St.

Thursday, July 1


A larceny was reported

Thursday at 9:44 a.m. A caller

reported her boyfriend stole her

credit card and made a purchase

at a car dealership.

A stolen moped was reported

Thursday at 9:48 a.m.

Saturday, July 3


Report of an accident Saturday

at 6:55 a.m. at 128 South and 208

Andover streets. Injured party

refused treatment; Saturday at

4:59 p.m. at Descenza Jewelers,

161 Andover Street; Saturday at

7:15 p.m., 10 Centennial Drive.


Jacob Boulay, 22, of 104

Elliot St., Apt. 2R, Beverly, was

arrested and charged on warrants

Saturday at 6:47 p.m..

Emanuel Perreira, 49, of 61

Gardner St., Peabody, Saturday

at 11:36 p.m. was charged with

assault and battery on a family/

household member.


Report of a male party running

around nude in the the parking

lot of Homewood Suites, 57

Newbury St. Officer reports he

went to Spring Hill Suite.

Sunday, July 4


Sunday at 10:36 a.m., 79

Lynnfield St.


There were 34 complaints

lodged Saturday and Sunday for

fireworks. No action was taken

on any of them.


Report of a possible fight in

progress Sunday at 2:44 p.m. at

Cribe Restaurant, 80 Walnut St.


Report of an overdose Sunday

at 10:18 p.m. at 148 Washington


Road Rage

Report of road rage incident

and assault at 9 Granite Road

Sunday at 1:31 p.m.


Report of larceny by check

Sunday at 1:38 p.m., at 10

Arnold Road; larceny Sunday at

6:47 p.m. at 59 Walnut St.

Monday, July 5


Hit-and-run accident Monday

at 2:39 a.m. at 28 Esquire Road;

hit-and-run accident Monday at

3:11 a.m., at 14 Wiseman Drive.

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All Saints Episcopal Church of

the North Shore

Good morning and thank you!

All Saints Episcopal Church of

the North Shore in Danvers has

in-person worship, as well as

Zoom opportunities on Sunday

mornings and throughout the

week. Our webpage is https://,

and we are also on Facebook,

Twitter and Instagram.

In-person Worship

Join us for our modified service

of the Holy Eucharist at

8:30 Sunday mornings, with

COVID-19 safety protocols in

place. Advanced registration is

required (call the church at 978-



Join us on the third Sunday of

each month as we prepare 40-50

bagged lunches for the food insecure

in Peabody. Contact the

church office (978-774-1150) if

you would like to donate food or

help prepare the lunches.

We also have the following

Zoom services and fellowship opportunities:

Worship on Sundays at 10 a.m.

Meeting ID: 134 596 872

Phone: 929-205-6099

Coffee hour on Tuesdays at 10


Meeting ID: 201 985 541

Phone: + 1 929 205 6099

Frank Time Discussion on

the second Wednesdays of each

month at 5:15 pm



Meeting ID: 854 9994 9543

Phone: +1 929 205 6099

Morning Prayer on Fridays at

8:30 a.m.

h t t p s : / / z o o m .


Meeting ID: 967 6077 5904

Phone: +1 929 205 6099 US

Perfect Paws Pet Ministry, the

third Sunday of each month at 5



Meeting ID: 990 855 545

Password: Saintfranc

Parish office: Call 978-774-

1150 or email allstoffice@gmail.



Michelle Behling, Parish Administrator

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46 Cherry Street

Danvers, MA 01923

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DANVERS — Middle

school students in Peabody

will be able to visit the life sciences

lab on field trips to Essex

North Shore Agricultural

and Technical School and view

high school students using the

new machines.

Superintendent Heidi Riccio

is pleased to share that the

Baker-Polito administration

and Massachusetts Life Sciences

Center recently awarded

Essex North Shore Agricultural

and Technical School a grant

of $119,300 to support the

improvement of STEM equipment

and professional development.

With the funds, Essex Tech

will purchase scientific equipment

beginning this summer

and over the course of the coming

school year to facilitate

classroom learning pertaining

to DNA, RNA, proteins and

other particles used in genetic

sequencing, as well as a focus

on corn pathogens and Lyme


Equipment will include a

Nanodrop spectrophotometer

for rapid and accurate concentration

determination of DNA,

RNA and protein samples; a

bioreactor for scale-up and

fermentation of cell cultures;

an ultralow temperature freezer

for storage of live cells and

temperature-sensitive samples;

and a benchtop autoclave for

sterilization of media, equipment

and supplies.

Students will be monitoring

pathogens that have become

a large concern for farmers

in the United States. With the

technology, students can also

test and classify vector-borne

pathogens in environmental

samples, such as the organism

responsible for Lyme disease.

Teachers at the school will

receive professional development

training this fall on

operation of the machines

through Endicott College and

the National Genomics Center.

Educators will also deepen

their knowledge of DNA-sequencing

applications and the

downstream data mining and

analysis needed for utilizing

the large quantities of data

the sequencing will generate.

Carmelite Chapel

Carmelite Chapel in the Northshore


Holy Mass:

Monday through Friday: Noon

and 3 p.m.

Saturday: Noon, 4 and 5:30


Sunday: Noon


Monday through Friday

11-11:45 a.m. and 2-2:45 p.m.


11-11:45 a.m. and 2:45-3:45


Gift Shop

Open Monday through Saturday:

11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Phone: 978-531-8340

Congregation Tifereth Israel

Due to Covid-19 restrictions,

we are currently holding our Shabbat

services monthly on Zoom.

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receiving this grant from the

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plan to expand our life sciences

education and give students

the opportunity to participate

in genetic sequencing with the

correct equipment. This grant

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this school year.

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of Metro North has announced

that Jerry Salerno, of North Shore

Bank, and Josephina Reyes, of

Wells Fargo Private Bank, are

joining Metro North's Board of


“I am so excited to welcome

Josephina and Jerry to our dedicated

team of directors who volunteer

their time and resources

to advance the mission of the Y,”

said YMCA of Metro North President

and CEO Kathleen Walsh.

“As we look forward to reviving

our strategic plan post-COVID,

expanding and diversifying our

board members’ collective capabilities

is a key part of our goals.

In addition, their skills and experiences

will strengthen leadership

and governance throughout our


Salerno is senior vice president

at North Shore Bank in Peabody,

where he has worked for 22

years. His banking career spans

36 years, beginning with former

Peabody-based Warren Bank before

moving on to North Shore

Bank. Salerno previously served

on the Peabody Area Chamber

of Commerce Board of Directors

and is a past treasurer at Partners

for Georgetown Football.

A lifelong resident of the

North Shore, Salerno grew up in

Salem, pursued a business degree

at Salem State University and currently

lives in Georgetown.

“North Shore Bank is committed

to community involvement.

I have been fortunate to participate,

volunteer and work with

countless civic and charitable organizations

in the region, and I’m

thrilled to continue this work with

the YMCA of Metro North,” said


Reyes is senior client associate

at Wells Fargo Private Bank.

She has a decade of involvement

in the banking industry, including

five years at Wells Fargo, four

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Pair brings banking experience to YMCA board

years as an executive assistant at

Enterprise Wealth Management

in Lowell and two years at TD

Bank. In addition, Reyes serves

as a Diversity and Inclusion Advocacy

Outcomes chair for Wells

Fargo, where she is involved in

the Hispanic and Latino Connection

Employee Resource Network.

Reyes previously served

as a member of the Board of Advisors

for the YMCA of Metro

North’s Lynn Branch, where she

was instrumental in the launch of

its newly opened Demakes Family


Plenty to do at the YMCA this summer

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PEABODY — Summer is

always a busy time at the Y.

School's out, camps open, outdoor

pools ramp up, special

events kickoff, road races gear

up and swim lessons max out as

people anticipate relaxing by the


"We work hard to make summer

a special time for our members,

our kids and the community

at large," said Kathleen Walsh

president and CEO of the YMCA

of Metro North. "Things happen

fast in such a short season, and

while it feels like we are operating

at 150 percent every day,

I want to assure you that we are

paying close attention to the details

as well

“Safety is always our No. 1

priority at the Y. Our 100-person

seasonal camp staff is trained in

child protection, anti-bullying,

child abuse prevention, first aid

and CPR. Lifeguards are on duty

and alert, guarding the indoor and

outdoor pools and ensuring every

child under 17 takes their deepend

swim test.

"Vigilance around machine

and equipment maintenance,

emergency preparedness, accident

prevention and maintaining

a healthy environment are key

priorities for each facility director.

We are constantly looking for

areas to improve that will make


Josephina Reyes is senior client associate at Wells Fargo

Private Bank.

your experience at the Y this summer

as carefree as possible," said

Walsh. "Let us know how we are

doing; if you are concerned about

a possible safety issue at one of

our locations, please let someone

on the staff know or write to me

using (an) online form.

"I look forward to seeing you

at the Y this summer."

Lace-up your sneakers and hit

the ground running (or walking)

at the YMCA of Metro North

Road Race Series. Join the fun

at our four 5k road races and half

marathon and support a great

cause. Your road race series registration

or sponsorship supports

our Annual Campaign and includes

discounts on all four races,

race series gear and a secured

spot in each race.

This family-friendly event

is timed by our partners at Bay

State Race Services to determine

an overall winner. There are raffles

and prizes for runners or

walkers in every age category.

The series kicks off on August 21

with the Saugus YMCA's Not a

Walk in the Park 5k at Breakheart

Reservation. Races include:

Not a Walk in the Park 5k,

Saugus Family YMCA, Saturday,

August 21, 8:30 a.m., Breakheart


Stride Along the Tide 5k. Demakes

Family YMCA. Saturday,

September 25, 8:30 a.m., Nahant

Lifesaving Station.

Spooky Sprint 5k, Melrose

Family YMCA, Saturday, October

30, 8:30 a.m., East Foster

Street in Melrose.

LiveStrong Half Marathon

and 5k, Torigian Family YMCA,

Saturday, November 20, 8:30

a.m., Lt. Ross Park in Peabody.

Join the YMCA of Metro

North for a free basketball clinic

with Portland Trailblazers Center

Enes Kanter, July 16, 3-5:00

p.m., Demakes Family YMCA,

40 Neptune Boulevard.

The North Shore Navigators

are hosting a family night for

YMCA of Metro North members

and program participants. Join us

for a home game at Fraser Field

against the Sanford Mainers on

Wednesday, July 28. There is an

opportunity for children to join

players on the field before the

game. Tickets are limited to eight

per family. Reserve tickets today.

North Shore Navigators

Game, July 28, 6:35 p.m. Fraser

Field in Lynn.

YMCA of Metro North

"Where in the World" gala,

Thursday, September 23, 6-9

p.m. Demakes Family YMCA,

40 Neptune Boulevard.

This year's gala takes us

around the world and back visiting

the seven continents, exploring

new cultures and cuisines,

and supporting children and families

in our communities. Attend

to lift up our community.

YMCA of Metro North summer

camps in Melrose, Peabody,

and Saugus welcome campers.

“Summer camp is a great

environment for children to become

immersed in highly social

experiences where they learn to

communicate and collaborate

effectively and work on relationship-building

skills,” says Nicole

Hanlon, Director Camp Sachem

in Saugus. “Camps provide the

physical space to explore and

gain social and emotional skills

like a sense of belonging, self-efficacy,

decision-making skills,

and self-regulation. These are

all vital to their healthy development."

Join our Group Exercise kickoff

from July 12-July 18 and

discover new music, fresh choreography

and fun themes with all

of your favorite YMCA of Metro

North instructors. Come into the

Y to warm up or keep cool with

over 70 free group exercise classes.

The YMCA of Metro North

association currently operates

with a 14-member Board of

Directors that governs the $24

million nonprofit organization.

The association branches in

Lynn, Melrose, Peabody, Saugus,

and Stoneham serve more than

69,000 people annually and provide

$1.2 million in financial assistance

to access YMCA health

programming, child care and

summer camps.


A lifelong Lynn resident,

Reyes is an active volunteer in

her hometown and works with

nonprofit and community-based

organizations that focus on improving

access and equity in the


“Serving on the board of the

YMCA of the Metro North and

being able to help make a difference

in and around the community

I call home fills me with great

pleasure both personally and professionally,”

said Reyes.

Metro North is also saying

good-bye to three longtime board

members whose terms have expired:

Maria McGee of The Mentor

Network, Ted Ball of Rite Aid

Pharmacy and Mike Brown, senior

vice president of North Shore

Bank, who retired from the bank

recently. Brown served on the

YMCA of Metro North Board of

Directors for more than a decade.

The YMCA of Metro North

association currently operates

with a 14-member board of directors

which provides governance

for the $24 million nonprofit

organization. The association

branches in Lynn, Melrose, Peabody,

Saugus and Stoneham serve

more than 69,000 people annually

and provide $1.2 million in financial

assistance to access YMCA

health programming, child care

and summer camps.

"On behalf of the Board, I’m

pleased to welcome two very ex-


Jerry Salerno is senior vice

president at North Shore Bank.

perienced members to our team,”

says Chuck Holden, president of

Holden Station and chairman of

the YMCA of Metro North Board

of Directors. “Their insights will

be invaluable as we look to the

future of our association and how

we can continue to better serve

our members and the community

at large.”

For more information about

the YMCA of Metro North’s strategic

plan and access their annual

reports, go to

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Leite taking flight to success

By Steve KrauSe

PEABODY — Julia Leite

has learned one thing in her nine

years of school — she loves

show business. Any kind of

show business.

The rising sophomore at Peabody

Veterans Memorial High

School is the Weekly News Student

of the Week by virtue not

only of her grades, but because

of the way she parlayed her interest

in theater into an internship

with Peabody Access Television


A product of the Horace

Mann School in Salem, and then

the Carroll School in Peabody,

Leite lives with her mother,

Marcela Leite and her father,

Marcel Lopez; and her sister,

Isabella Leite, in the vicinity of

Treadwell's Ice Cream off Route


She's not sure what her final

grade point average is because

she hasn't received her end-ofthe-year

report card. But, she

says, "my grades were wonderful

all year. I got good grades in

most of my classes."

Though she loves English

(and doesn't like history because

there's "too much memorization"),

her first love is what she

does outside the classroom.

"I love performing arts," she

said. "I just love them. I love

drama class, and drama club.

And Peabody High has a wonderful

drama club."

The troupe put on two shows

this year — "It's A Wonderful

Life" and "The Wizard of Oz."


Julia Leite is a rising sophomore at Veterans Memorial High School and the Peabody student of

the week.

The first one took place while

the classes were remote, so she

didn't have a chance to partake.

But she was there for the second


"I was an ensemble member,

but it was a lot of fun," she said.

What she likes most about

drama is that the club's instructor

"brings out the best in all

of us. As a matter of fact, that's

how I got the job with Peabody

Access. She helped me a lot

with the interview, and with my

resume. Without Drama Club, I

would not have gotten the job."

At PAT, she does any one of a

number of things.

"We basically set up and

film," she said. "We do a lot of

the manpower work, lugging

equipment back and forth. And

then we film the games and

bring it all back to the van.

"Sometimes, I'm behind the

camera too, though a lot of the

time it's the upperclassmen," she

said. "Most of us have some sort

of background. I used to film

with some of my older friends.

We'd just film random stuff. And

because I'm in Drama Club, I

have a lot of photography students

as friends. So I'd film some

head shots, stuff like that. And

they'd teach me more about the


Much of Leite's work at PAT

is focused on sports, "though we

did the Pride flag raising a couple

of weeks ago. We do a lot of

different things. We filmed graduations.

Before I got here, we'd

film different festivals. I think

we filmed the North Shore Cultural


Is it fun?

"Yeah, it's fun," she said. "It's

a good internship and I'm wellpaid,

especially for someone

with no background."

She credits teacher Shawn

DeHart with her burgeoning

love of English.

"He was very kind to us when

it came to essays," she said. "I

was never that good at critical

essays, you know, when you

have to pick three things out of a

story and talk of how they relate

to each other. But by the end of

the year, we did a paper on 'Romeo

and Juliet’ and it went really


And has she given any

thought to the future?

"I don't know about the future,

she said. "Probably something

like performing arts. I found out

I really enjoy film, both being behind

and in front of the camera.

And drama. And there's singing.

It's all fun and enjoyable."

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Eastern Bank Foundation fights inequity

By Anne MArie ToBin

For The Weekly neWs

BOSTON — The Eastern

Bank Charitable Foundation,

the philanthropic arm of Boston-based

Eastern Bank, has a

new look and a new name —

Eastern Bank Foundation (EBF).

“We believe the way to

achieve sustainable change is

through listening and responding

to the lived experiences of people

in our communities, trusting

their priorities and partnering

on innovative ways to dismantle

centuries-old social and economic

hierarchies that produce

and reinforce inequities,” said

EBF President and CEO Nancy

Huntington Stager.

According to Stager, the decision

to eliminate the word

"charitable" reflects the fact that

the foundation's work is not only

focused on the less fortunate, but

it is an "investment in systems

change" for and with the communities

served by the foundation.

The foundation's long-standing

support of grassroots community

donations programs is a

key core strategy. That initiative

provides millions of dollars in

assistance to community nonprofit

organizations in eastern

Massachusetts, southern and

coastal New Hampshire and

Rhode Island, serving more than

1,500 local organizations that

provide a variety of vital services.

"Their grassroots focus has

enabled long-lasting relationships

across the region and

an opportunity to listen to the

lived experiences of community

members, improving the foundation’s

understanding of the

issues being faced every day,"

Stager said.

The foundation is committed

to eliminating inequities in the

region by supporting local organizations

working to implement

systemic and sustained change

to advance economic inclusion

and mobility. The foundation has

also committed another $2 million

in COVID-19 support for

equitable access to vaccines and

culturally-inclusive outreach to

communities of color.

Since 2020, the foundation

has dedicated $15 million to

COVID-19 relief funds.

Stager said the support and

dedication of Eastern Bank staff

has been a critical component of

the foundation's success. Since

1994, more than 500,000 volunteer

hours have been logged.

“Our philanthropy fuels our

corporate volunteerism and advocacy

and is, in turn, influenced

by them," Stager said. "Collaborations

with community partners

and other companies deepen our

collective impact. The combination

of our philanthropy, volunteerism,

advocacy and collaboration

with community partners

is the best way we can support

our region, and we thank our

employees and community partners

for all that they do and for

embracing opportunities to work

together to make meaningful

positive change.”

Eastern Bank Foundation has

identified key strategy areas that

will have the greatest impact in

philanthropy, volunteerism and

advocacy. Those areas include

advancing equity in the small

business ecosystem, enriching

early childhood development,

securing safe and affordable

housing, promoting workforce

development and innovations in

economic inclusion and mobility.

“We are more committed

than ever to economic inclusion

and mobility, as a set of strategies

that we know are far too

under-resourced in our region,

and vital to our purpose to help

people prosper,” added Stager.

“Our communities, particularly

our gateway cities, are facing

enormous challenges: the racial

wealth gap is widening, economic

opportunity is declining,

and economic mobility — which

has historically been fleeting

for communities of color — is

stalled. Housing and career opportunities

are limited especially

for people of color, women,

members of the LGBTQ+ community,

veterans and people who

are disabled.”

Stager cited the Foundation

for Business Equity (FBE) as an

example of an effective initiative

to advance equity in small

business. Sager is a member of

FBE's advisory board and committee.

Other examples are EBF's $5

million commitment to the New

Commonwealth Race Equity

and Social Justice Fund in 2020.

The donation, to be spread over

five years, is five times larger

than any previous EBF donation

to a single organization. In 2021,

EBF partnered with the Massachusetts

Business Roundtable to

launch the Massachusetts Business

Coalition for Early Childhood


Energy siting needs discussed

BOSTON — Even as the

Reading Municipal Light Department

estimates future energy

needs for the city, the state

Energy Facilities Siting Board

(EFSB) has issued a Notice of

Inquiry opening a formal inquiry

to assess opportunities

to enhance equitable public

awareness of, and meaningful

participation in, EFSB proceedings.

Reading Municipal provides

power to Lynnfield Center.

The EFSB voted formally

to approve the Notice of Inquiry

at a board meeting, and the

Department of Public Utilities

(DPU) issued a companion

order in the spring, aimed at

investigating ways to enhance

existing processes and boost

public participation in its proceedings.

The DPU received extensive

and thoughtful comments

during the comment period.

Through these investigations,

the EFSB and DPU will explore

opportunities to boost

stakeholder engagement and

ensure that all people have

been provided with the same

opportunity to participate in

EFSB and DPU proceedings,

regardless of English-language


“It is critical that all residents

are able to provide meaningful

input whenever energy

infrastructure is proposed and

sited in their communities,”

said Energy and Environmental

Affairs and EFSB Chair Secretary

Kathleen Theoharides.

“We look forward to hearing

from the public on how best to

improve the Energy Facilities

Siting Board’s public participation

and notification process,

which is just one step toward

building a more just and equitable,

clean-energy future here

in the commonwealth.”

In 2020, consistent with

the Executive Office of Energy

and Environmental Affairs’

(EEA) 2017 Environmental

Justice Policy, the DPU and the

EFSB began work to develop

environmental justice strategies

to enhance meaningful

involvement of all people and

communities with the development,

implementation, and

enforcement of environmental

laws, regulations, and policies,

including climate change policies

and the equitable distributions

of energy and environmental

benefits and burdens.

As part of this process, the

DPU and EFSB are evaluating

methods to promote further

public involvement in their respective


Over the past year, EEA has

actively engaged with all its

agencies, including the DPU

and EFSB, on the development

of environmental justice strategies.

As part of this effort,

EEA hosted informal listening

sessions with environmental

justice stakeholders intended

to inform the development of

methods to track the fair distribution

of energy and environmental

benefits and burdens

and to engage more effectively

with Massachusetts environmental

justice populations.

The comments provided by

stakeholders at those listening

sessions will inform the development

of agency-specific environmental

justice strategies.

As part of these efforts, the

EFSB has opened this inquiry

to explore how to boost community

outreach and increase

participation and engagement

in energy siting proceedings.

The EFSB expects to ultimately

establish an environmental

justice strategy which may include

the promulgation of rules

and the issuance of guidelines,

procedures and/or regulations

which will support robust,

comprehensive and equitable

public engagement in proceedings.

The EFSB invites and encourages

all interested individuals

to submit written

comments on this matter no

later than September 10, 2021.

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Peabody’s Abby Bettencourt has been named Northeastern

Conference MVP as a freshman after a dominant season on the

mound and at the plate.

Peabody’s Bettencourt

named NEC Player of

the Year for softball


By Mike Alongi

The season may not have

ended the way that the Peabody

softball team wanted, but the

Tanners still have plenty to be

proud of.

The softball all-stars for the

Northeastern Conference have

been released, and Peabody

freshman Abby Bettencourt

has taken home NEC Player of

the Year honors after a stellar

first season with the Tanners.

Bettencourt contributed all

over the field for Peabody this

year, but her main weapon

was her pitching arm. The

clear ace of the Tanners’ staff,

Bettencourt only allowed a

handful of runs over the course

of the entire season and helped

lead Peabody to the NEC North

title. Her peak came in the

opening round of the Division

1 North tournament, when she

threw a perfect game in a 6-0

win over Haverhill. She also

got the job done with the bat,

becoming one of the Tanners’

most reliable hitters over the

course of the year.

But Abby Bettencourt wasn’t

the only Peabody player to be

honored, as two of her teammates

joined her on the All-

Conference Team in her sister

Isabel Bettencourt and junior

Emma Bloom. The Tanners

also boasted three NEC All-

Stars in Avery Grieco, Logan

Lomasney and Penny Spack.

Saugus also had a great

season and was rewarded

for it, as Sachems coach

Steve Almquist was named

NEC Coach of the Year. The

Sachems went 9-4 in the regular

season and won the NEC

South, falling to eventual

Division 2 North champion

Danvers in the tournament

after earning a first-round bye.

Sachems ace Leah Ventre

was honored as the lone Saugus

player on the All-Conference

Team, while Lily Ventre, Cat

Schena and Kirby Dalton were

all named NEC All-Stars.

Marblehead, Danvers and

Gloucester each boasted two

All-Conference picks, with

Jolie Quintana and Lauren

Donovan representing the

Magicians, Lily Eldridge

and Brooke Grassia representing

the Falcons and Jenna

Hoofnagle and Ella Marshall

representing the Fishermen.

Swampscott’s Nicolette Fraser

rounded out the All-Conference


The rest of the NEC All-

Star Team is made up of

Swampscott’s Riley Scanlon,

Winthrop’s Sofia Vitale

and Izzy Mahoney, Salem’s

Cassidi O’Leary, Marblehead’s

Ashleigh Maude, Danvers’

Becky Zellin and Emily

Goddard, Gloucester’s Natalie

Aiello and Riley Thibodeau,

Masconomet’s Eliza Reimold

and Olivia Filmore and

Beverly’s Noelle McLane.


Bishop Fenwick’s Alex Gonzalez went 4-for-5 with two runs scored in a loss to Medfield in a

Division 3 state semifinal game last Wednesday.

Bishop Fenwick’s magical run

come to an end in state semifinal


By Daniel Kane

MEDFIELD — The Bishop

Fenwick baseball team ran

into an offensive juggernaut

in South champion Medfield

Wednesday and just couldn’t

match the firepower in a 13-5

loss on the road in the Division

3 state semifinals.

The Warriors hit three

straight home runs in the first

inning and added another in

the second to power a 9-0 head

start. The North champion

Crusaders battled back but just

couldn’t tally as many big hits

down the stretch.

“That’s a good hitting team,”

Fenwick Coach Russ Steeves

said. “Right out of the gate we

didn’t have a lot on them and

they put four home runs on us.

It’s tough to battle back from.

We put a lot of guys out on the

mound, and tried to slow them

down a little bit. We had our

chances, had some guys on base

but that’s baseball. We got beat

by a better team (Wednesday)

on that given day.”

Despite the loss, Fenwick

second baseman and lead-off

hitter Alex Gonzalez shined

in the state semifinal, going

4-for-5 at the plate and scoring

a pair of runs. Scott Emerson

laced a two-run double and

Anthony Marino, Mike Faragi

and Christian Loescher all

knocked in a run.

Gonzalez also pitched the

best chunk of the game on a

tough night for the Crusaders

pitching staff. Marino started

the day and Brandon Bloom

followed, but the pair struggled

and gave up six runs in two innings.

Emerson and Jack Vieira

also had brief appearances before

Gonzalez pitched the final

three innings, allowing two

earned runs on six hits with a


“Marino was fresh, Bloom

was fresh,” Steeves said. “I felt

really good about our pitching

(Wednesday). I kind of knew

(Medfield) was a good fastball

hitting team and they just got

out ahead of us really quick.

A team we don’t know really

well. We just couldn’t battle


Gonzalez’s first hit and error

gave Fenwick a pair of runners

in scoring position in the top

half of the first, but their struggles

to knock in runs started

early. The Crusaders left eight

runners in scoring position.

The Warriors didn’t have

that problem. A lead-off walk

was followed by three straight

homers from Jack Goodman,

Sam Kornet and Ben Leonard,

which put Medfield up 4-0.

The downward slope continued

for Fenwick, which

trailed by as much as 9-0 before

the end of the third inning.

But a walk from Bloom and

a single by Loescher got the

Crusaders started in the fourth.

From there, Marino added an

RBI on a fielder’s choice and

Emerson laced his two-run

double to cut the deficit to 9-3.

Both teams traded runs

the rest of the way, with

Medfield clinging to its lead.

Fenwick added one in the

sixth on Faragi’s RBI single

and Loescher plated Gianni

Mercurio on a sacrifice fly in

the seventh, but the comeback

just wasn’t meant to be.

“We battled, put guys on the

mound and started chipping

away,” Steeves said. “We just

couldn’t get it and ran out of

innings. I’m proud of the team.

We had COVID and football

season went right up to the day

we started. There were a lot of

things to overcome.”

And through it all the

Crusaders put on a Division

3 North sectional run to remember.

No. 18 seed Fenwick

won five games on its way to

the North title, outscoring opponents


“They should be proud of

what they’ve done,” Steeves

said. “I’m proud of the seniors.

They have back-to-back North

championships (2019, 2021).

It’s a championship that’s only

been won four times in the history

of the school. They have

two of them.”

JULY 8, 2021


Peabody’s Juan Tolentino was named to the NEC All-Conference Team after a strong season

that saw him hit .370 with two home runs as the Tanners’ leadoff hitter.

Peabody, Marblehead each

boast two All-Conference picks


By Mike Alongi

After a season that saw the

Marblehead baseball team go

13-4 and earn a share of the

Northeastern Conference South

Division title, several members

of the Magicians were honored

when the NEC All-Stars

were released — including

the late Stephen Gridley, who

was posthumously named NEC

Coach of the Year. Gridley died

in May 2020.

Gridley — who was born in

Lynn and raised in Peabody

before starring in three sports

for Bishop Fenwick and then

playing baseball at Salem

State — impacted the lives

of many players and coaches

on the North Shore over the

past 20-plus years. Over the

past several years, Gridley has

served as an assistant coach

at Marblehead under his great

friend Mike Giardi. It was

Giardi who nominated Gridley

for the award.

Peabody had two All-

Conference selections after

a solid season that saw the

Tanners take down Lynn

Classical in the first round of

the Division 1 North tournament

before bowing out to

Lynn English, as centerfielder

Ryan Knight and shortstop

Juan Tolentino were both


Tolentino and Knight both

proved themselves to be two

of the best hitters in the league,

with Tolentino batting a hefty

.370 and smashing two home

runs from the leadoff spot

while Knight put up an on-base

percentage of .550 and scored

19 runs on the year.

The Tanners also saw ace

Justin Powers and infielder

Nick Villano get named to the

NEC All-Star Team.

Elsewhere for Marblehead,

the Magicians had two players

— catcher Charlie Titus and

centerfielder Godot Gaskins

— named to the NEC All-

Conference Team. Titus had

a great season both behind

the plate and at bat, catching

one of the deepest rotations

in the league while also hitting

.353 and knocking in 23

RBI — good for second-most

in the NEC. Gaskins was the

quintessential leadoff man for

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Marblehead, batting a hefty

.345 and stealing 19 bases

while also scoring 17 runs.

Marblehead also had three

players named to the NEC

All-Star Team in Jacob Sherf,

Sami Loughlin and Schuyler


Masconomet slugger Sean

Moynihan took home NEC

MVP honors after leading the

league in RBI (24) and also

serving as the Chieftains’

closer, while Saugus’ Nathan

Ing, Winthrop’s Bobby

Hubert, Masconomet’s Aaron

Zenus, Danvers’ Joe Zamejtis,

Gloucester’s Jack Costanzo

and Zach Abbott and Beverly’s

Austin Bernard rounded out

the NEC All-Conference Team.

The rest of the NEC All-

Star Team is made up of

Swampscott’s Connor Correnti

and Nate Stern, Saugus’ Jason

Casaletto, Salem’s Bobby

Jellison, Masconomet’s Erik

Sibbach and Ethan Cote,

Danvers’ Brendan Trohon and

John Curran, Gloucester’s

Zach Morris, Brett Moore and

Zach Oliver, Winthrop’s David

DiCicco and Beverly’s Sam


Peabody leads the

pack in NEC girls,

boys track all-stars


By Daniel Kane

The Peabody girls and boys

track teams swept the table as

Northeastern Conference North

champions this spring and the

awards kept on coming with

NEC track All-Stars being announced

this week.

The Tanners racked up a total

of eight spots on both the boys

and girls All-Conference teams

and had another six members

that were named North All-

Stars. Peabody coach Fernando

Braz was named both boys and

girls Coach of the Year.

For the boys, Peabody’s

Daniel Canela (100m), Shaun

Conrad (400m), Joel Lisoma

(400m hurdles), Brandon Glass

(shot put), Peter Gardikas

(discus) and Shea Lynch (javelin)

all earned All-Conference

spots in their events.

The Peabody relay teams

of Canela, Eli Batista, Gabriel

Delacruz and Colin Ridley

(4x100) and Tyler Surman,

Michael Perez, Logan Tracia

and Conrad (4x400) also earned

All-Conference spots.

Marblehead also earned a good

chunk of boys All-Conference

honorees with Loeden Rodrigues

(two mile) and Ciro Martin Sotos

(800m) earning spots along

with the 4x800 relay team of

Martin Sotos, Ryan Thompson,

Rodrigues and Peter Clifford.

Saugus’ Jarod DeSousa was

named South MVP after a

great season in the high jump.

Swampscott’s Joey Do (triple

jump) also earned a spot on the

All-Conference Team.

The rest of the boys All-

Conference Team included

the Beverly duo of Jaichaun

Stanton-Jones — who also was

named NEC MVP (200m) —

and Brady Trask (long jump)

and the Masconomet pair of

Sebastian Gilligan (one mile)

and Stephen Nalesnik (110m).

NEC boys All-Stars were

Trevor Strauss (Peabody),

Ben McKiernan (Peabody),

Domenic Scalese (Peabody),

Sasha Kessel (Masconomet),

Simon Berents (Masconomet),

Devon Testa (Marblehead),

Cam Heafitz (Marblehead),

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Grant Eastin (Beverly), Liam

Ouellette (Beverly), Adian

McMaster (Swampscott), Luke

Llewellyn (Danvers), Wiliam

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Riley (Winthrop), Christopher

Cappuccio (Winthrop), Luke

Walkama (Gloucester), Andrew

Coelho (Gloucester), Elijah

Tapia Gately (Saugus) and

Joseph Wong (Salem).

For the girls, Peabody’s Arlene

Davila (discus) was named NEC

North MVP for the season.

Savanna Vargas (100m), Jolene

Murphy (200m), Sadai Headley-

Mawasi (400m), Sarah DiVasta

(one mile), and Aaliyah Alleyne

(javelin) also led the pack with

All-Conference honors.

The relay teams of Vargas,

Headley-Mawasi, Ava D’Ambrosio

and Murphy (4x100) and DiVasta,

Cailyn Buckley, Kyra Buckley

and Samantha Simmons (4x800)

also made the All-Conference


Marblehead’s Devin Whalen

earned All-Conference honors in

the 100m hurdles.

The rest of the girls All-

Conference Team included

South MVP Haley Murph

(Danvers, 400m hurdles),

Mia Kasperowicz (Beverly,

two mile), Caelie Patrick

(Gloucester, 800m), Mackenzie

Gilligan (Beverly, high jump),

Sarah Aylwin (Masconomet,

long jump), Charlotte Losee

(Masconomet, triple jump) and

the Gloucester 4x400 relay

team of Rumi Thomas, Mackay

Brooks, Patrick and Darcy


Girls NEC All-Stars included

Gina Mariniello (Peabody),

Yosemery Batista (Peabody),

Lindsey Wilson (Peabody),

Olivia Guerriero (Masconomet),

Greta Mowers (Masconomet),

Cate Trautman (Marblehead),

Claire Tips (Marblehead), Kylie

McCarthy (Beverly), Olivia

King (Swampscott), Katie

Walfield (Danvers), Emma

Eagan (Danvers), Ella Young

(Gloucester), Sarah Baker

(Gloucester), Madison Lawler

(Gloucester), Beatriz Holzbach

(Winthrop), Nora McCarey

(Winthrop), Serena Cacciola

(Saugus) and Sierra Clawson



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Crusaders’ run comes to an end

PHOTOS | Julia Hopkins

Fenwick’s Chris Faraca pops up to get the ball back to the

mound during last weeks Division 2 state semifinal at Medfield.

Pitcher Alex Gonzalez is greeted by teammates as he returns to the dugout.

Christian Loescher, who had pitched the Crusaders to a Division 2 North title earlier this season,

takes a cut at a pitch.

Pitcher Scott Emerson, right, gets a visit from catcher Chris Faraca in the Division 2 semifinal

game against Medfield.

Mike Faragi had been right in the middle of the action all

season for Fenwick as shortstop this spring.

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Daigle kicks off Ward 4 campaign

PHOTOS | Julia Hopkins

Julie Daigle held a kickoff event for her Peabody Ward 4 City

Council campaign at Mills 58.

Julie Daigle speaks to supporters at the campaign kickoff event.

Dancers from Zello Dance Studios perform during Daigle’s campaign event.

Kate Jackson, 4, and Teddy Jackson, 6, wear t-shirts in support

of Julie Daigle for Peabody Ward 4 City Council.

Mayor Edward A. Bettencourt Jr. come out to show his support for candidate Julie Daigle.


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Notice is hereby given that the Board of Appeals of the City of Peabody will hold a

Public Hearing Monday, July 19, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. at the Wiggin Auditorium, City

Hall, 24 Lowell Street, Peabody, MA 01960 on the application of Spero J.

Demakes c/o Attorney John Keilty for a Variance from the Provision of the

Zoning Ordinance 2019, as amended, Section 7.2 and Section 9, as it applies

to the premise known as 8 Bourbon St., Peabody, MA, Map 027, Lot 006A.

Petitioner seeks a variance to construct a 2-story addition and requires relief to

Front where 50' is required and 26' is proposed; Rear where 50' is required and

28' is proposed; Side where 40' is required and 26' is proposed; Parking where

73 spaces are required, and 65 spaces are proposed. The property is located in a

BR Zoning District. The application and plan are available to the public and can

be viewed by contacting Carla McGrath at or

978-538-5792 in advance and prior to the Public Hearing. The agenda for this

meeting is posted on the City of Peabody website.

Board of Appeals

Frances Bisazza-Gallugi, Chairperson

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City of Peabody


Notice is hereby given that the Board of Appeals of the City of Peabody will hold a

Public Hearing Monday, July 19, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. at the Wiggin Auditorium, City

Hall, 24 Lowell Street, Peabody, MA 01960 on the application of Thomas and

Judith Sinclair c/o Attorney John Keilty for a Variance from the Provision of the

Zoning Ordinance 2019, as amended, Section7.2, as it applies to the premise

known as 22 and 26 Northend St., Peabody, MA, Map 076, Lots 122 and 123.

Petitioner seeks a variance to subdivide a lot and exchange an area of land.

Petitioner requires relief to Minimum Lot Area Lot 1 and Lot 2, Minimum Lot

Frontage Lot 1 and Lot 2. The property is located in a R1A Zoning District. The

application and plan are available to the public and can be viewed by contacting

Carla McGrath at or 978-538-5792 in advance

and prior to the Public Hearing. The agenda for this meeting is posted on the

City of Peabody website.

Board of Appeals

Frances Bisazza-Gallugi, Chairperson

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City of Peabody


Notice is hereby given that the Board of Appeals of the City of Peabody will hold a

Public Hearing Monday, July 19, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. at the Wiggin Auditorium, City

Hall, 24 Lowell Street, Peabody, MA 01960 on the application of JDT Group, LLC

c/o Attorney John Keilty for a Variance from the Provision of the Zoning

Ordinance 2019, as amended, Section 7.2 and Section 10, as it applies to the

premise known as 0 Newbury St., Peabody, MA, Map 088, Lot 007. Petitioner

seeks a variance to construct a 6-story, self-storage facility and requires relief to

Front where 50' is required and 35' is proposed; Side where 40' is required and

34.2' is proposed; Height where 40' is allowed and 69.11' is proposed; F.A.R.

where 1.0 is allowed, and 2.02 proposed. The property is located in a BR1 Zoning

District. The application and plan are available to the public and can be viewed

by contacting Carla McGrath at or 978-538-5792

in advance and prior to the Public Hearing. The agenda for this meeting is

posted on the City of Peabody website.

Board of Appeals

Frances Bisazza-Gallugi, Chairperson

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Legal Notice

There will be a Tree Removal Hearing on Friday, July 16, 2021 @ 9:00am at the

Recreation, Parks & Forestry Department office located at 50 Farm Avenue,

Peabody, MA, for the removal of a Public Shade Tree(s) at the following


Address: 7 Pond Street

Peabody, MA 01960

As per the petition of (Judy Dubuque)

Per Order of Brian Grant, Tree Warden

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City of Peabody


Notice is hereby given that the Board of Appeals of the City of Peabody will hold a

Public hearing on Monday, July 19, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. at the Wiggin Auditorium,

City Hall, 24 Lowell Street, Peabody, MA 01960 on the application of Robert and

Donna Wilson c/o Darrell Gonyea, for a Variance from the Provision of the

Zoning Ordinance 2019, as amended, Section 7.2, as it applies to the premise

known as 9 Patricia Rd., Peabody, MA, Map 023, Lot 067. Petitioner seeks a

variance for an attached garage and seeks relief to Front Yard Setback where 25'

is required and 17' is proposed. The property is located in an R1 Zoning District.

The application and plan are available to the public and can be viewed by

contacting Carla McGrath or 978-538-5792 in

advance and prior to the Public Hearing. The agenda for this meeting will be

posted on the City of Peabody website

Board of Appeals

Frances Bisazza-Gallugi, Chairperson

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City of Peabody


Notice is hereby given that the Board of Appeals of the City of Peabody will hold a

Public Hearing Monday, July 19, 2021 at 7:30 p.m at the Wiggin Auditorium, City

Hall, 24 Lowell Street, Peabody, MA 01960 on the application of 68 Prospect St.,

LLC c/o Attorney John Keilty for a Variance from the Provision of the Zoning

Ordinance 2019, as amended, Section 7.2, as it applies to the premise known

as 68 Prospect St., Peabody, MA, Map 039, Lot 005. Petitioner seeks a variance

to construct decks and requires relief to Left, Right and Rear Yard Setbacks

where 20' is required and 12' is proposed. The property is located in a BR Zoning

District. The application and plan are available to the public and can be viewed

by contacting Carla McGrath at or 978-538-5792

in advance and prior to the Public Hearing. The agenda for this meeting is

posted on the City of Peabody website.

Board of Appeals

Frances Bisazza-Gallugi, Chairperson

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City of Peabody


Notice is hereby given that the Board of Appeals of the City of Peabody will hold a

Public Hearing Monday, July 19, 2021 at 7:30 p.m at the Wiggin Auditorium, City

Hall, 24 Lowell Street, Peabody, MA 01960 on the application of Michael and

Cheri Spencer for a Variance from the Provision of the Zoning Ordinance 2019,

as amended, Section 7.2, as it applies to the premise known as 8 Stuart Rd.,

Peabody, MA, Map 050, Lot 051. Petitioner seeks a variance to attach a deck to

an existing pool and requires relief to Rear Yard Setbacks where 35' is required

and 14.4' is proposed. The property is located in a R1A Zoning District. The

application and plan are available to the public and can be viewed by contacting

Carla McGrath at or 978-538-5792 in advance

and prior to the Public Hearing. The agenda for this meeting is posted on the

City of Peabody website.

Board of Appeals

Frances Bisazza-Gallugi, Chairperson

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City of Peabody


Notice is hereby given that the Board of Appeals of the City of Peabody will hold a

Public Hearing Monday, July 19, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. at the Wiggin Auditorium, City

Hall, 24 Lowell Street, Peabody, MA 01960 on the application of Roberta Bravim

for a Variance from the Provision of the Zoning Ordinance 2019, as amended,

Sections 7.2, 9.3 and 10.4 as it applies to the premise known as 27 Buxton St.,

Peabody, MA, Map 075, Lot 075. Petitioner seeks a variance to convert a

single-family into a two- family and requires relief to Front Yard Setback, Lot

Minimum, Driveway Width, Driveway Buffer, Street Trees. The property is located

in a R2 Zoning District. The application and plan are available to the public and

can be viewed by contacting Carla McGrath at or

978-538-5792 in advance and prior to the Public Hearing. The agenda for this

meeting is posted on the City of Peabody website.

Board of Appeals

Frances Bisazza-Gallugi, Chairperson

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City of Peabody


Notice is hereby given that the Board of Appeals of the City of Peabody will hold a

Public Hearing Monday, July 19, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. at the Wiggin Auditorium, City

Hall, 24 Lowell Street, Peabody, MA 01960 on the application of Anthony and

Sue Vassallo for a Variance from the Provision of the Zoning Ordinance 2019,

as amended, Section 7.2, as it applies to the premise known as 43 Fairview

Ave., Peabody, MA, Map 120, Lot 111. Petitioner seeks a variance to construct

an addition and requires relief is to Lot Coverage where 30% is allowed and

36.6% is proposed Side Yard where 15' is required and 6.3' is proposed. The

property is located in a R1A Zoning District. The application and plan are

available to the public and can be viewed by contacting Carla McGrath at or 978-538-5792 in advance and prior to the

Public Hearing. The agenda for this meeting is posted on the

City of Peabody website.

Board of Appeals

Frances Bisazza-Gallugi, Chairperson

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Peabody patriotism on display for the Fourth

PHOTOS | Julia Hopkins

Members of the Palmeri family, from left, Gary, Anthony, Gary Jr., Cheryl, Alicia Dean, Cally, and Tawny pose for a portrait with their kids Julia, Bobby, Olivia,

Sophia, and Luccia with City Councilor Joel Saslaw, far left, Rep. Sally Kearns, right, and candidate Bukia Chalvire, far right, at the Peabody Ward 5 Fourth of

July celebration at Lt. Ross Park in Peabody.

Julia and Bobby Palmeri play cornhole during Fourth of July celebrations.

From front left, Brayden Jackson, Levi Jackson, Amy O'Brien,

and Cathy O'Brien attend the Peabody Ward 5 Fourth of July

celebration at Lt. Ross Park. See more photos on page 16.


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Kids show off their red, white and blue

PHOTOS | Julia Hopkins

Visitors enjoy tents with snacks and decorations at the Peabody Ward 5 Fourth of July celebration

at Lt. Ross Park in Peabody.

From left, Brayden Jackson and Levi Jackson stand with their

patriotic gear.

From left, Olivia, Sophia, and Lucia Palmeri enjoy some refreshments at Lt. Ross Park.

From left, Stephen, Tyler, and Michael Cola are accompanied

by Angela Corrao at the Fourth of July celebration.

From right, Phyllis Selvage, Emma Daniel, Reese Daniel, and Rosanna Daniel wore festive

Fourth of July hats.

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