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March 13, 2014

How do you like them bananas?

PEABODY — They also serve who only stand and watch the bartender over-serve.

Investigators for the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission are offering kudos to two Peabody detectives for their help in catching a careless bartender at the Golden Banana on Route 1 as he served an intoxicated person.

Detectives David Murphy and Eric Ricci offered assistance to ABCC investigators last Dec. 13, according to a letter from their chief, Frederick Mahoney, to Peabody’s interim chief, Robert St. Pierre.

“The situation appeared to be becoming problematic,” wrote Mahoney. “Detectives Murphy and Ricci were in the area of the premises and upon observing the situation responded immediately, assisting.”

The two officers were “tremendous to work with,” he added.

It all ended in a hearing on Jan. 28, where the ABCC imposed a nine-day suspension, with three days to be served on April 2, 3 and 4, and six days to be held in abeyance, according to Jon Carlisle of the state treasurer’s office. In other words, if the Banana goes bad again during the next two years, they will be expected to serve the remainder of the suspension.

As it is, if you were hoping to visit the club during April 2, 3 or 4 — well, you still can.

“State law allows for payment in lieu of suspension,” Carlisle wrote.

So, the club offered up $2,018.40, which is a lot of banana peels.

How you gonna keep ’em down on the farm

If you’ve ever wanted to be a farmer and feel the joy of fighting the weather, the insects, the crops and state bureaucrats, now is your chance. Current Brooksby Farm manager Pat Kriksceonaitis is leaving, according to Mayor Ted Bettencourt, to work at a private farm. Peabody will now be in the unique position among cities of advertising for a new farmer.

An accident shortage

Drivers on Route 114 better get busy crashing into each other at the intersection of Mt. Pleasant Drive. That is, if they ever want to see flashers or a traffic signal there. In response to a City Council request, the state’s acting district highway director, Paul Stedman, rejected the idea of installing signals.

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