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October 25, 2012

Heard Around Town: One more for the road?

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The Kelly way

There might be an economic slowdown, but it didn’t prevent Brian Kelly of the Kelly Automotive Group from delivering a check for $25,000 to Higgins Middle School and its Boys & Girls Club after-school program. He raised the money by taking $50 from every car sale to a Peabody resident since February.

“I read in The Salem News some time ago that they lost their funding,” Kelly explained.

It touched him, and he decided to do something about it. And he was buoyed by the response yesterday. “The kids were enthusiastic.” And why not? He also told them to see him when the time came to look for jobs.

Kelly didn’t grow up in Peabody, but he has real Peabody ties as the nephew of the Kiley Brothers, World War II heroes whose names are on a Peabody school.

Moving on

Today is the final day on the job for Peabody YMCA Director Greg Griffin, 50, who is retiring to his “second home” in Orlando, Fla. A lifelong Peabody resident, Griffin took his first job at the Y at age 13. In 30 years of working for the Y, he was instrumental in the development of the new Peabody YMCA on Lynnfield Street.

“It was never my Y,” he stressed. “It was the community Y.”

He leaves, he told the News, with an expansion just about to get under way and the facility preparing for “the next step” by adapting itself to help in cases of childhood obesity and to work with disabled people and victims of breast cancer.

“It’s more than just bricks,” he said of the building.

“The Y has been an incredible job,” Griffin concluded. “An incredible position.”

He plans to take it easy for a few months before deciding on his future plans. His guitar lessons will be missed.

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