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March 22, 2013

Heard Around Town: Enforcing the law — onstage

BEVERLY — As a couple of burly ex-football players, Beverly High School Principal Sean Gallagher and Assistant Principal Dan Bauer look like two guys you wouldn’t want to mess with.

So, it wasn’t that much of a stretch for the two administrators to step into the roles of Officer Krupke and Lt. Schrank in the high school’s performance of “West Side Story” last weekend.

Gallagher looked right at home in his police officer’s uniform, which only makes sense considering he was once a Salem cop. And Bauer, the Super Bowl-winning Beverly football coach, had no trouble filling the intimidating role of Lt. Schrank.

Two other faculty members, librarian Barbara Fecteau (as a nun) and teacher Matt Riordan (Doc), also had key roles in the show.

The musical drew huge crowds (leaving many thinking that the high school auditorium is too small) and lived up to the high expectations set by shows from previous years.

A toast from Ireland

Everybody loved the Fred Butler story. Even across the pond in Ireland.

Butler is the 106-year-old man who was awarded an honorary high school diploma at the high school earlier this month. The story got plenty of coverage and was picked up by the Evening Herald in Dublin, where a gentleman named George Reilly read it.

Mr. Reilly was so impressed with Butler that he sent him a St. Patrick’s Day card. Since he didn’t know Butler’s address, he sent it to “Mayor Bill Scanlon, Beverly, Massachusetts, USA,” with this note on the envelope:

“To U.S. Post person. That’s all the information I have on this address. I hope you find it. Many thanks.”

The resourceful post office did in fact track down Scanlon at City Hall, where the cards (there was one for Scanlon, too) arrived the other day.

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