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September 20, 2012

Democrats, Republicans living side by side

BEVERLY — Who says Democrats and Republicans can’t get along?

For the second straight election, the parties’ two city committees have opened up campaign headquarters virtually next door to each other.

The Republican City Committee office is at 198 Rantoul St., while the Democratic City Committee is two doors down at 202 Rantoul.

In 2010, the parties’ headquarters were at 194 and 196 Cabot St.

We, of course, were hoping to drum up a juicy story about subterfuge and spying, but the two sides say their proximity is just a matter of what space is available for a short-term lease.

Noting that the Republicans are two doors away and on the second floor, Democratic City Committee Chairman

Duane Anderson

said, “They can’t see us and we can’t see them.”

Quiet time

Sometimes walking in circles can be a good idea.

As part of his Eagle Scout project, Beverly High sophomore

Dylan Campbell

has designed and built a meditational garden and labyrinth on the grounds of the Church in the Cove.

The garden includes a wooden cross, flowers and memorial benches, while the labyrinth consists of three overlapping circles in the shape of the Trinity. A new sign says “All are welcome.”

“He put in lots of hours on this project, and it turned out beautifully,” said the

Rev. Jane Milaschewski, pastor of Church in the Cove.

The benches were donated by the Huston family and the family of Jim Woolaver, a church member who died last year.

The Campbell family has been good to the Church in the Cove, where they are members. Last year Dylan’s brother, Ethan, laid a new parquet floor for the Sunday school as his Eagle Scout project.

Ray redux

Ray Novack

is back — sort of.

The recently retired Beverly High band director is now teaching music two days per week at Endicott College and once a week at the Glen Urquhart School.

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