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January 7, 2014

Cahill urges residents to lend a hand

BEVERLY — Native son Mike Cahill promised an era of “open and inclusive” government as he was sworn in as the city’s 31st mayor yesterday at Beverly High School.

Standing on stage in the auditorium of his alma mater, Cahill invited residents to take an active role in helping him lead the city in a time of change.

“As I take office today, I believe that I have some good ideas — and that so do each and every one of you,” Cahill told the crowd of about 500 people. “That is why I believe so strongly that we will shape the best future possible for Beverly by doing it together.”

Cahill said his administration will hold a series of community meetings this year “on various topics and projects.” He announced one specific initiative, the creation of a committee to address the concerns of business owners and residents during a two-year project to repave Rantoul Street/Route 1A that is scheduled to start later this year.

To emphasize his focus on open government, Cahill invited residents to stop by City Hall to meet him and other elected officials during an open house Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Yesterday’s inauguration capped Cahill’s ascension to the city’s highest office after 10 years as a state representative and two years as City Council president.

The 52-year-old former teacher and coach opened his speech by thanking his large family, including his late parents, Jeanne, a longtime teacher in the city, and Bill, who served on the city’s Board of Aldermen.

“My mother and father were everything parents are supposed to be and so much more,” Cahill said. “Their love for my brothers and me was boundless, and the joy they took in us was and is awe-inspiring.”

Robert Cahill, one of Mike Cahill’s six brothers, served as master of ceremonies for the inauguration.

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