BY PAUL LEIGHTON
---- — BEVERLY — There’s no more familiar sight at City Hall than Rosemary Maglio stepping to the podium to speak her mind on the latest issue.
Maglio’s persistence extends to the election ballot, where she’ll appear for the fifth time. She lost her four previous tries, twice for Ward 2 councilor and twice for at-large.
Maglio said she keeps running because she doesn’t believe city councilors are representing the interests of residents, particularly those in Ward 2, the downtown area that is most subject to new development.
“I’m running for the same reason, to give Ward 2 a voice that really represents the ward and the quality of life and the rights that apply to every other ward,” she said.
Maglio, a lifetime Beverly resident, said city officials often disregard the fact that Ward 2, although it encompasses the commercial downtown areas of Cabot and Rantoul streets, is also a residential neighborhood.
She has spoken out against the size of buildings, the density of developments and the loss of on-street parking for residents. She wants to make sure that development of the waterfront does not interfere with public access and would like to see improvements in downtown streetscapes.
“I’d like to see trees instead of sandwich boards,” she said.
Maglio has also been an advocate for recycling. While volunteering on the Solid Waste Management Committee, she said she pushed for stricter enforcement of the rules prohibiting the city’s trash hauler from picking up cardboard thrown in the trash. The policy has helped the city save money on trash-disposal costs.
“Eighty-five to 90 percent of trash can be recycled,” she said. “It’s like burning city money (when recyclables are placed in the trash).”
Rosemary Maglio Age: 62 Address: 30 Pleasant St. Job: Former substitute teacher Education: Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Merrimack College; teacher's certification from Salem State College Family: Single Community involvement: Served for six years on Beverly Solid Waste Management Committee; volunteer at Cole Street community garden Previous elective office: None