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March 8, 2013

Heard Around Town: If at first you don't succeed ...


“And how many people read the legal notices?” asked council President Tom Gould, impressed at their dedication.

When councilor Dave Gamache promptly raised his hand, Gould cracked, “Just in case somebody leaves you money.”

All about the ice cream

Gould, the owner of Treadwell’s Ice Cream, was still in a needling mood when police officers and firefighters arrived at City Hall last week to explain their proposed memorial to public safety employees. It would be financed, in part, by selling engraved bricks meant to surround two life-size statues of a police officer and firefighter.

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Gould nodded to member Mike Garabedian and said, “Garabedian’s got the money. He’ll buy a brick.”

“Yeah,” Garabedian shot back. “I’ll get a loan from Treadwell’s.”

“It’s all about Treadwell’s,” Gould lamented.

Have one for the voters

Elections have traditionally been held here on Tuesdays, but City Clerk Tim Spanos had a practical suggestion when he heard that the winner of the Republican primary for state representative, Cole, was having her victory party at Champions Pub.

“Too bad the election wasn’t Thursday,” he said sympathetically. “It’s Mai Tai Night there on Thursdays.”

There goes the judge

If you meant to attend last Tuesday’s hearing at Superior Court on the controversial Total Outdoor Corp. billboard on Lowell Street, well, you were disappointed. The hearing was rescheduled to March 18 because Judge Howard Whitehead was ill.

The city wants the billboard taken down and moved, saying that it was constructed in the wrong place.

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