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May 2, 2013

Heard Around Town: Don't forget to vote for this guy, too

BEVERLY — If you’re not all worn out voting for Angie Miller, how about casting a few votes for another Beverly contestant?

Brackenbury Lane resident Jonathan Alcorn might not be on “American Idol,” but he’s doing pretty well in his own contest, the Peak Stock Car Dream Challenge.

The online contest is designed to pick the next NASCAR “driving phenom.” Alcorn submitted an online video and was recently ranked 11th out of about 150 in the voting.

He needs your votes because the top 10 finishers get invited to a three-day driving school, where the likes of famous drivers Michael Waltrip and Danica Patrick will help train and judge them. The winner will get a chance to earn his or her NASCAR license and qualify to drive in a sanctioned race.

“That’s my ultimate goal. That’s my astronaut,” said the enthusiastic Alcorn. “On Halloween four years ago, I went as a race car driver. I’ve always been into racing.”

The 26-year-old Alcorn is married with two children. He has worked as a welder and a mechanic and is now enrolled in a class to earn his truck-driving license.

Alcorn went to school to learn how to work on race cars, but he’s never actually been behind the wheel in a race.

“I looked for any way into the racing industry,” he said. “This is that opportunity.”

Alcorn has been putting up fliers around town asking people to vote for him. You can vote by going to

Beverly’s finest

The massive security presence in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings included a large contingent of Beverly police officers and firefighters.

No fewer than 16 people from Beverly — eight police officers and eight firefighters — volunteered their time in Boston and Watertown.

Police Sgt. Richard Russo worked out of the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council’s command center at the Watertown Mall. Russo is the logistics chief for NEMLEC’s incident management team.

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