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March 6, 2014

Heard Around Town: When snow falls, the people call

PEABODY — “I don’t miss those calls,” says former Mayor Mike Bonfanti, recalling the days when it was his job to keep Peabody moving regardless of the weather. “I had a couple of big snowstorms.” And not everyone was happy with the city’s response, he concedes.

There was the fellow who called to complain that his side of the street hadn’t gotten as much attention as the opposite side of the street. He knew this, Bonfanti recalls, because he said he went out and measured the snow bank, relaying the dimensions.

“And there was the lady who called and said we had to plow her out because she was pregnant.” It was well before the seventh year of her pregnancy that the city realized this baby was never going to come.

“Then there was the lady who called to say we had to plow her first because her son was a doctor and he had to get to Boston.” Only later was it revealed that his doctorate was in history. Sometimes history just can’t wait.

Home for the Haven

Bonfanti reports that Haven From Hunger has purchased their building at 71 Wallis St. Having bought it, just like you and I, they now have to pay for it. Fundraising efforts to follow, according to his honor.

Bonfanti has a place on the Haven board. “It gives us the additional space we need,” he says of the purchase. And there is real need. “The last few years the number of people being serviced has increased. We’re very, very pleased that now we’re in our building.”

All shook up in South Peabody

It flew so low it rocked his house, a caller told the News on Tuesday. He looked out the window and spotted a helicopter bearing what he took to be the presidential seal. Was Marine One buzzing South Peabody? Perhaps the big bird was seeking an alternate spot to Martha’s Vineyard for the president’s summer vacation.

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