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October 11, 2012

Chalk it up to generosity

PEABODY — Charity begins in the home, but it can reach all the way to the school.

And the School Committee made note of it, honoring Higgins Middle School student Rachel Ellis at its Tuesday meeting. She collected money from her paper route for two years and then did something extraordinary with it. Instead of buying tickets for a One Direction concert (that’s a boy band), she gave the money away to purchase much-needed school supplies for her fellow classmates.

“I was more than happy to do it,” Rachel told the board Tuesday as her proud parents looked on.

School Committee member Jarrod Hochman hailed her as “a shining example. ... It’s wonderful to see people giving back to our community.”

Member Brandi Carpenter praised her parents.

Member Beverley Dunne confirmed that Rachel’s unselfish actions are a credit to the teaching at the Peabody schools.

A lot of applesauce

Janyce Harkins, the Peabody Public Schools food service director, is retiring after 42 years of keeping the city’s kids well-fed and well-nourished. A Peabody resident, she will be celebrated prior to the next School Committee meeting, Oct. 23, with a reception.

Doesn’t smell like home

City Councilor Barry Sinewitz doesn’t mince words at meetings. While contemplating a zoning change for the area near the city’s landfill at a recent meeting, he ridiculed the notion of building homes there.

“I drove by there the other day, and the smell coming from that dump was horrendous. ... Imagine coming home to it.”

Don’t label me

It looks like a busy Election Day coming up, according to City Clerk Tim Spanos, who predicts a heavy turnout in November.

He reminds citizens that they have until Wednesday, Oct. 17 (that’s next week — and the office will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. that last day) to register. If you do, welcome to the club. As of yesterday, 884 new voters had registered, compared to the fewer than 200 one might expect in a nonpresidential election year..

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