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April 17, 2014

39 years of walking for Haiti in Peabody

PEABODY — The Walk for Haiti in Peabody turns 39 this year on Good Friday. The annual 3.1-mile stroll around the track next to the Torigian Center benefits the poorest of the poor in the Western Hemisphere. The nonprofit agency Faith and Concern Inc. has been working in Haiti since 1976. Proceeds from the walk benefit the agency’s work, including water purification projects, expanding a local hospital, providing medical and educational supplies, and rebuilding homes. Last year, $17,000 that was raised was used to help build a library and a small computer lab. Even if you’re not up for walking yourself tomorrow, you can make a donation pledge. Call Gail Bowlds for more information at 978-535-1431. The walk begins at 9 a.m.

Congressional candidates go to school

Ken McCue’s Advanced Placement government and politics class at Peabody High entertained some special visitors this month when Republican Richard Tisei and Democratic Congressman John Tierney stopped by to talk about campaign issues with students. Tierney, who narrowly defeated Tisei two years ago to keep his seat, visited the class on Monday, while Tisei, a former state senator from Wakefield, stopped by April 2. They discussed a broad range of issues with the students, ranging from healthcare policy to congressional gridlock. Tisei is making another bid for Tierney’s seat this fall, while the Salem Democrat first contends for his party’s nomination with Seth Moulton and Marisa DeFranco.

City politicians want to play ball

City Councilor Tom Gould put his colleagues on notice a few weeks ago about an upcoming contest — “a little friendly challenge — with their fellow politicians over in Salem that he hopes will reignite a rivalry, all in good fun, of course, and the proceeds from admission will go to a charity. Gould said he ran into Salem Councilor Elaine Milo, and while bantering back and forth, they came up with the idea to reconvene a Peabody/Salem softball game, featuring star players Ted Bettencourt and Kim Driscoll with their respective staffs and city councilors rounding out the teams.

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