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February 27, 2014

Sweet Lou returns

PEABODY — He’s tanned and rested, and former school Superintendent Lou Perullo made an appearance at last week’s Planning Board meeting. In years past, he might have famously locked horns with former Mayor Peter Torigian or — as a member of the School Committee — with his own successor, Nadine Binkley. But these days, Perullo can only be described as mellow.

He had come to protest on behalf of his son, an abutter to a proposed development off Richartson Road. It took him a bit of time, however, before he politely made his objection. Still a Peabody resident, he describes his current occupation as “doing nothing” and enjoying it.

Also attending, and offering her former boss a hug, was Patty Nizwantowski. In addition to complaining about the plan to build 12 houses, she zeroed in on an issue where she feels the city has failed the neighborhood, which is just off Route 114.

“There is no park in our area for our children,” she said. “Our kids are the only kids (in the city) who have no park.”

Let them entertain you

But first they need a license. And two entertainment licenses up for renewal were put on hold by the City Council at Monday’s meeting. Councilor Jim Moutsoulas called for a delay in awarding a renewed license to the controversial Oliveira’s Steak House.

“I’d like to hold that over for the next meeting,” he said.

After police complaints of rowdy behavior and violence (including a stabbing) outside of the restaurant last year, the Licensing Board cut back the hours when the eatery is allowed to serve alcohol.

Noise has been the complaint with Stonewood Tavern. Owner Sal Palumbo was expected to appear at a Feb. 13 meeting that was snowed out, but councilors agreed to put off the day of judgment until a March hearing.

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